"I Love You" More Than Words Can Say
For mother's day this year, I know so many mothers out there would love nothing more than to hear their child say "I love you" for the first time. Whether your child has autism, language delays, speech sound challenges, or another disability, saying "I love you" might be a struggle for your child.
Even if your child is not yet able to say "I love you," I wanted to share with you all the other ways that children say "I love you" without words. Here is a little poem written from the perspective of a non-verbal (or minimally verbal) child just for you...
Mommy, I may not be able to use words to say I love you
But I tell you every day...
Just in a different way
Every time I am soothed by your voice
Every time I smile when I see your face
Every time I seek your attention
Every time I have a meltdown because you are my safe space
Every time I feel free to be me
Every time I show you my work
Every time we snuggle
Every time I point out things I want you to see
Every time I reach for you
Every time I share my toys or my food with you
I wish I could tell you in words
But I hope that you know
No words could fully capture
Just how much I love you so