This is a lovely story from yesterday’s BBC News.
An eight year old boy on the autistic spectrum had crept out onto a third floor window ledge, his first day at a special needs school. Apparently the teachers and firefighters had tried to coax him out to no avail, but his mother mentioned his love of superheroes to one fireman who happened to have a Spiderman costume in his locker. On seeing those blue and red arms outstretched the boy smiled and came out.
It just proves how important it is to try and meet children on their own terms, even if this requires some quick thinking on our parts and a costume closet that’s ready for any eventuality.