A Crack in the Door

13 Sep

Alphonse took his first step back into the world last Saturday. It was a brief, tentative brush with the real world, but we hope that as he gains confidence and trust, we can open him up to more experiences. As much as homeschooling has had many benefits in the past, I feel that we need to push the envelope right now, or else we will never be able to do so again.

Homeschooling became an option the year Alphonse turned eight. It was the year special schools repeatedly turned us down, citing their inability to cope with his behavior as the primary reason. It also was the year we found BMAC (Behavioral Management for Autistic Children) and Mrs. Shanti Kilduff, Teachers Ian Agustino, Janette Buñag, and Eduardo Malejana. It was a year of hope.

In the years since, we have had that hope depleted and replenished thousands of times, yet none of his brave teachers ever gave up. Working with us day in and day out, they have never tired of helping Alphonse cope with his fears, anxieties, and anger. When BMAC sadly closed its doors in early 2007, we found a second home in TeamWorks Behavioral Therapy. Teacher Rodrigo David has been Alphonse’s most valiant advocate since we first met him, introducing him to an education we thought was no longer possible.

I love these people with all my heart- Shanti, Ian, Janette, Edu (and all the kind therapists who came after him), Rod and his teachers. Each night before I go to bed, I whisper their names in a litany, asking God to provide them with His grace and peace always. I will always be grateful for their selfless service and dedication to my son.

And yet, now, perhaps is the time to start thinking of busting open that crack in the door. For years, his teachers have persevered, widening that crack a little bit each day, opening our eyes to that sliver of light that tells us of a world outside the four walls of our home.

Learning to trust again: Alphonse with Teacher Levin in his first Aquatherapy ssesion last Saturday

Yet again, we dare hope. And dream.

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2 Responses to “A Crack in the Door”

  1. sande September 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    KittyMama…I believe aquatherapy does wonders…my own nephew bloomed after aquatherapy. =)

  2. geri September 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    God bless Alphonse’s teachers. They really are angels sent from heaven.

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