Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-naaaaaa, BatMatt!
“Holy Crucial Moment, Batman!”
Bruce Wayne: It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
So Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics, here in Jacksonville, is the incredible team that is working with Cassius for his ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), his mental health counseling, his OT (Occupational Therapy) and his Social Skills. They are, for lack of a better word — amazing.
As amazing as a lifeboat on the Titantic: really awe-inspiring. They are patient and kind — and they just get him, in a way that most people don’t. I know that there are all sorts of people that work with kids on the spectrum, but I somehow got lucky and landed the best I could ever imagine.
So yesterday, Christian was anxiously looking at his watch, counting down the seconds until his appointment in the waiting room. You know, as you do.*
Matt, the director of Keystones’ ABA team comes out to get him, for their appointment: dressed, like Batman. You know, also as you do.*
Mattman? BatMatt? You decide.
Conversation as such:
Matt: “Hey, bud, what’s up? You ready?”
Cassius: “Ummmmmmmmmmmmm….[confused giggle]”
Matt: “What’s up?”
Cassius: “Ummmmmm…. you are dressed like Batman. WHY?”
Matt: “Awww man! I didn’t realize I forgot to change.”
Surprisingly, Cassius dealt with the — pretty significant — change in routine, pretty well, I think. He’s growing! I think he may have even enjoyed his ABA session with BatMatt. Who wouldn’t?*
This story is proof that the good people, who dedicate their lives to helping kids and families on the spectrum, actually ARE superheroes.
(The real reason for the outfit? Nope, not Halloween yet — I know you glanced at the calendar! — but rather a photo shoot for a Superhero 5K they are sponsoring. Still pretty awesome — cape and all!)Sidenote: “*” denotes the use of sarcasm everywhere on this blog.