When you have a child with Special Needs you want them to be as "normal" as possible. You try your best to give them every opportunity possible to be around the influences of "normal" kids by arranging play dates, including them as much as possible in mainstream school classes, exposing them to all the many environments and experiences that they can handle—all in order to help them come across as "normal" as possible so people don't treat them like they are dumb or are afraid of them. My whole experience in parenting has been to embrace who they are and love them for who they are, but try to get them as close to being "normal" or accepted as is possibly possible. . . .