There is nothing wrong with her.
She may have trouble communicating succinctly. She might stumble over her words or repeat herself, but she has something to say. She wants to contribute to the conversation.
She doesn’t always understand when you’re making fun of her or that you’re leaving her out, but as she gets older, she is more aware.
When your child, with a disability or not, comes home from school in tears because they had nobody to play with at recess, it stings.
She doesn’t need to be invited to everything. (Side Note: Number of parties she was invited to last school year? ZERO.) We’re trying to teach Avery that she won’t be involved in EVERY group and club and activity. And she needs to learn to read social cues. Sometimes people just need their space. Totally understandable and okay.
But please include her when you can. It may seem like nothing to you to ask her to sit beside you at assembly or to throw a ball with her at recess or to ask her to play on the swings after school, even for ten minutes. But to her, it’s everything.
This is my child. Her dad and brother and I love her and it hurts us too when you ignore her or talk over her or whisper or stare.
Get to know her. You won’t be disappointed.