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.
As strange as it may seem to someone who isn’t in a similar situation, my house didn’t feel “alive” anymore.
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.
Whether he speaks or has Autism is just a facet of his personality. If anything changes, we’ll be there. If it doesn’t, we will be there for that too.
It’s one of the main reasons we should stand in awe of special education teachers (and all teachers in general).
If it seems like there aren’t many things to say to make the parent of a child on the Autism spectrum feel better, that’s because there aren’t.
Suddenly, you’re no longer Zack Morris. You’re now Mr. Belding.
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.