They don’t make bumper stickers that say, “My Child Didn’t Break My Daughter’s Barbie House Today”
It wasn’t a secret word anymore. Soon it was just another aspect of our lives and categorized along with all of the other quirks in our family.
When my son was very young and newly diagnosed with Autism, everyone was sure he would be “just fine”.
It’s an individual situation that sees individual advancements for individuals who have it. There are no generalities.
This isn’t a milestone that works in the form of a soundbite. It requires a backstory and explanation, but it’s truly a major achievement.
Whether someone can respond in the traditional sense or not, it doesn’t affect the vital role that the people who love them play in their lives.
The moment you’d let your guard down, he would take off across the yard. The next thing you know, you’re tackling a preschooler on your front lawn.
Autism spectrum or not, every kid wants to have fun. It just takes time figure out how to make that happen.
There’s nothing more frustrating than telling someone about your child’s special needs and being greeted with an immediate inquisition on potential things they think you could have done to cause them.
For many, my son having “special needs” means focusing on the things he can’t do. It overshadows many of the powerful things he can.