I wasn’t ready to be an advocate for my son with Autism because, at that point, I still wasn’t entirely sure I even had a son with Autism.
I pulled all the walls down and spoke to them as plainly as possible. I wasn’t hiding anything about who he is.
Whether your child is entering school this year or has been there for years, your role in their advancement can’t be overstated.
To the world, his inability to communicate with them is the issue. But to him, the world’s inability to understand what he’s trying to communicate is the real issue.
It’s one of the main reasons we should stand in awe of special education teachers (and all teachers in general).
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.
Having Autism or any special needs doesn’t mean the absence of personality or humor. All of his quirks – good and bad – are his and I love him.
The absence of language can seem like a major barrier and, in some ways, it can be. In most ways, though, it’s not.
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.