Friday, October 12, 2018
Five Minute Friday: PRAISE ("Excellent job!")
Today I'm linking up with Five Minute Friday, where we write for five minutes about a given prompt.
This week's word: PRAISE.
This morning I took Jonathan to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning.
Dentist visits with an autistic child can be challenging, but now that we've been going to this clinic for several years, Jonathan seems very comfortable with it. He actually looks forward to going, maybe in part because he likes being fussed over by all the women on staff. They also make sure to schedule him for the first appointment of the day, which ensures that our wait will be minimal.
One of his favourite people in the office is Erica, one of the dental hygienists. They greeted each other enthusiastically this morning.
Erica knows about Jonathan's interest in garbage and recycling, and she knows that his favourite part of the appointment is throwing away all the trash: wrappers, gauze, used gloves and masks.
So while Jonathan was lying in the chair, Erica said, "Look, I'll pile everything up here for you, and when we're all finished you can throw it away."
To Erica's great amusement, Jonathan replied, "Excellent job!"
He uses this expression when he sees someone shoveling a driveway or sweeping a floor or raking leaves.
He compliments fast food workers, janitors, garbage truck drivers, and construction workers.
Everyone needs praise.
Everyone needs to know they're appreciated for what they do.
Everyone needs, now and then, to be told they're doing an excellent job.