I'm sharing the below note from Constance's BCBA, Trisha. She taught and played with Constance for several years. If you love someone with an autism spectrum disorder, you might want to help them access ABA services. Trisha taught Constance a thousand other things. Constance cherished her field trips with Trisha.
Trisha's email is a gentle reminder that when a child passes, there is a community of people who spent their careers caring for them and are heartbroken at the lost.
I have been wanting to reach out but I never know the right thing to say so I thought it was better to say nothing- I'm sure that wasn't right either. But I just want to let you know that I am thinking of you, and C, always.
Navigating through my own grief has been difficult, but I am thankful for your posts that keep her memory alive, and that I can still learn new things about the wonderful girl I spent so much time with and loved so much. She taught me to be kind and patient and how to hear her when she couldn't find the right words. I am forever grateful to you for bringing her into my life and for trusting me to care for her, nurture her, and teach her. She will always hold the most special place in my heart.
Please reach out if you need anything or want to talk, and I completely understand if you need to distance yourself. Just know that I am thinking of you and wishing you nothing but the best. I also have a flash drive of pictures and videos that I can send to you when you're ready. Just let me know.
All my best,