I wanted to share with you a recent conversation my daughter had with me:
M: Mom, if I could, I would open an Autism Store.
Me: Oh really, what would you have in your store, sweetie?
M: Comfy clothes, soft carpets and pillows.
Me: What else would you have?
M: Books about Autism, board games for families to play, and toys for little kids. Oh ya, and Minecraft!!
And with that, I started thinking – Could we ever have a store like that?
While we’re not in a position to open an Autism store, what COULD we do? That’s when the idea of starting a drop-in program for girls on the Spectrum started. We could have all those things M mentioned available to kids in one place!
Next Sunday, October 15th we will be launching our “Girls on the Spectrum Ottawa Drop-in”. We will have all sorts of activities, including board games, arts and crafts, play doh, Lego and soft pillows!
The program will run every Sunday from 1-3 p.m. in the Lounge at Orleans United Church (1111 Orleans Blvd, Orleans). We hope to see you there – and if you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Suzanne, at email@example.com or 613-852-0828.
I’m still working on the Minecraft piece but we are getting closer to realizing M’s dream of having a place with all the things that bring comfort to girls on the Autism Spectrum. What would your daughter have in her “Autism Store”? Let me know in the comments!