Someone contacted me to write a Christmas poem for them.
The request was for a poem for parents of children with Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is a type of autism. As you can imagine, Christmastime could bring even more challenges for parents who already have extra challenges.
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Christmas With Asperger’s
by Jonathan Kraft
At Christmastime, asperger’s
can be an interesting challenge to bear.
New Christmas lights, new Christmas songs,
new presents filled with underwear
These all bring questions, sometimes frustration.
New things are hard to understand.
Asperger’s prefers life be just the same,
and prefers things to go just as planned.
So a change-up like this in the normal routine
(Especially the first few times) is hard.
“I want the train to go the other way!”
“I don’t like green and red Christmas cards.”
And so many people. They’re everywhere!
The stores are filled to the top.
These lead to easy overstimulation
even just for a quick stop at the shop.
And in the middle of this extra stress,
someone may suggest next year’s new IEP.
And insurance may deny a claim,
and there may be extra needed therapy.
But when you reach the night before Christmas
All will be well… and all can relax
You’ve cared for someone with Asperger’s
Do you know how great are your acts?
The care we show when we care for others
Gives us quite a lift
Sharing our time and love and attention…
Those return to us, an amazing gift.
We get to learn and we get be more,
as we help others to learn and grow.
It’s sometimes hard to see this change,
but deep down inside, we know…
that when we hear a line from a movie
repeated over, (and over,) and over again,
and a child melts down (very publicly),
and it’s handled in stride with a nod and a grin…
you’ve become more than you were before.
Your love and skills can’t be surpassed.
So take some time now to celebrate.
You’ve created changes that last.
Even though you may give a present
and hear a literal “I don’t like this!”,
your care is unique, and your kind of care
is the true meaning of Christmas.
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