"Except we're different. When we go to the grocery store, or to Starbucks, or to a restaurant, the doctor's office, the playground, Target — you name it — we can often be guaranteed that our children are going to cause a scene, have a meltdown, or perform some other behavior that is outside the lines of what the public would consider to be 'acceptable.'
"Likely, it's something that we would consider unacceptable too, but unfortunately, children need to be seen by their pediatricians and dentists, refrigerators need to be restocked, coffee (desperately) needs to be gulped, and children need to burn off energy running around at the park, swinging on the swings and climbing the monkey bars. So here are some things you should say to a special needs parent if you see us out and about (and possibly struggling with our difficult child) . . . "