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September 30th, 2015

FamilyHome: The Language of Us/Them

I won’t say too much about this poem – I’d rather let everyone experience it and see what your own reactions to it are.  To say the least, the impact on me was profound.  It gave me a way to see things from a different perspective and led me to some deep personal reflection.  I hope it is as impactful on you as it was on me.  Enjoy. (Katie Hagedorn, FamilyHome Coordinator)

The Language of Us/Them – Written by Mayer Shevin

We like things

They fixate on objects


We try to make friends

They display attention seeking behaviours


We take breaks

They display off task behaviour


We stand up for ourselves

They are non-compliant


We have hobbies

They self-stim


We choose our friends wisely

They display poor peer socialization


We persevere

They perseverate


We like people

They have dependencies on people


We go for a walk

They run away


We insist

They tantrum


We change our minds

They are disoriented and have short attention spans


We have talents

They have splinter skills


We are human

They are…?