I have been thinking a lot about perspective. Sometimes it is shifting the way we see something (literally in Bean's case) or life's backdrop that changes our perspective and ultimately our experiences with ourselves and one another.
Nate's big shift is that he's pretty much sitting on his own. About two weeks ago he basically sat all by himself for his whole music class!! It was amazing to follow his eyes and see what he noticed. He played with all the instruments and just loved looking at all the other children. And the cool thing is - once he started engaging more, the other children wanted to engage with him more. At one point, a little girl decided that Nate's lap would be the perfect place to sit. You should have seen Nate's face - It was priceless!
Just a simple shift in in our thinking allows us to see all the things Nate can do.
Again, it is all in perspective.
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