Like many others I have spent these last few days watching the very wonderful Greta Thunberg not only lead the path for the potential for the healing of the planet, but also discuss her autism. I have also had the privilege of leading yoga training around inclusion of these very special children in mainstream school and in yoga classes.
Isn’t it extraordinary that Greta is also leading the path to show the brilliance of these very special children, yet in education and society at large their potential is not seen; Instead what is often seen is their unmanageable and sometimes unsociable behaviours. Behaviour is a way of communication - and often the communication is that these children's very basic needs are not being met. We all have the same needs - to be loved, to feel safe, to be heard, to be respected and more. So its time to review our judgements and expectations and open our hearts to listen to them.
In a meeting with the NHS last week the commission commented that our work at Special Yoga is creating social change. I feel that Greta is also offering a turning point in changing how these children and young people are seen and understood.