Lessons From Thomas Edison’s Mum (This works wonders for children with Autism)

I made it!

I survived yesterday’s pump class…. just.

I’ll definitely think twice before taking a whole week off again though that’s for sure.

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a really inspiring story I read yesterday.

Now, I don’t know how true it is, but regardless the story tells a powerful message.

Here it is…

One day Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me only to give it to my mother.”

His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter aloud to her child:

“Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

Many, many years after Edison’s mother had died and he was now one of the greatest inventors of the century, one day he was looking through old family things.

Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a draw in a desk. He took it and opened it up….

On the paper was written:

“Your son is addled (mentally ill). We won’t allow him to come into school anymore.”

Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary…

“Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.”

Wow, powerful right?

Just like the words we say to and around our children and the actions we choose to show them.

Do you say words of positivity to AND around your child?

Do you believe in your child AND show them that you do?

What messages do you give off to your child?

Could your messages be more encouraging?

More positive?

I believe all parents can be heroes like Edison’s.

It takes strength and ruthlessness though that’s for sure.

One thing I’ve done with one of my clients is create an “I can” box…

Every time he says “I can’t….” I get him to write down on a piece of paper “I can …” followed by the thing he previously said he couldn’t do.

He then reads his “I can” out loud and we get to work together achieve the task.

When he achieves it, no matter if it takes an hour or 6 weeks, we do a celebratory dance and he posts it in his “I can” box.

He loves the whole process and it’s built his confidence immensely.

What can you do with your child to show them you’re rooting for them?

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Speak with you soon until then,

Live every moment, Love beyond words and make a difference today

Emma Ottaway

The Ambitious Autism Ambassador