I’ve dedicated this post to the parents of children who are affected by Autism, because I feel that it’s important to offer some insight and encouragement.
For some of you, you may already well accustomed to life with a child on the Spectrum, and for some of you this is an all new journey
Well, whatever stage you are in, I wanted you to know that this journey is just as crazy (hopefully, in a good way) and unpredictable for the ones on the spectrum as it is for you.
One of the most powerful things you can do as a parent of a child on the Spectrum is to learn how to accept both the child and their diagnosis, and the same can be said for the child as they grow older (depending on their level of functioning of course). Too many times I see parents of special needs children saying things like “Oh Autism, how I despise you,” or “Autism you’re such a burden to our family.” I understand and respect that being the parent of a child on the Spectrum is really hard, but these type of posts could do a lot of damage to your child if they come across it one of these days, especially once they’re old enough to understand their diagnosis.
Now I’m not going to sugarcoat it, there will be challenges and there will be hardships, but the one thing that never goes away is the fact that there is an absolutely beautiful connection that exists between you and your child, and the fact that the child is on the Spectrum will only make it stronger. Please don’t ever lose sight of that, because one day your child will go on to do amazing things in this world and they will give all their thanks to you. Who knows, maybe your child will be the next Einstein, create a video game that is just as big as Minecraft, or become a successful actor or actress. Many people on the Spectrum go on to have successful careers, and the possibilities are endless!!
Finally, it’s ok to take time for yourself and to have a break every once in a while. No one wants to experience a complete burnout, and you are not selfish at all for taking a step back.
Be patient, have faith, and everything will turn out okay.
Bye for now,