Autism…yeah….Autism. It seems like it has become the latest news these days! It has become a wide-spread issue among our children, one that most of us hope we never have to face. I have seen and have heard some sorrowful stories due to the disorder of Autism. In many ways though Autism is misunderstood. I have two sons with Autism. So yes I get the frustration that goes along with it. Both of my two sons definitely are mild to moderate but I have had a taste of the pain some families have faced and still face today.
Timothy my oldest didn’t talk until he was four years of age, it was a trying time for me and my husband as we searched for answers. We didn’t know something was wrong with him at the time. He was our first so we thought it was us. We heard advice and negative remarks from many different people and it broke us. Hearing that you are doing it wrong and if you don’t do this or that then your causing the problem. Yeah well let me break it down for you…Autism is not the Parent’s fault. These kids are beautiful, they see the world differently. They embrace life differently. The way they learn is different from how you and me think.
I hate when I hear someone say “Who diagnosed him? He doesn’t look like he is on the spectrum at all?!” Well I hate to say it…Autism effects everyone differently. They don’t live with it, they don’t have to wake-up and see the struggle. Yes the times you do see my child you may not see it but its there and it doesn’t matter what others think.
Parents of Children with Autism, remember they are special and are beautifully made. Every child is unique and they all develop at their own pace. I have come to peace with my children’s diagnosis but I want there to be AWARENESS. That is key. Many don’t get it, or understand it. That is the problem these days and why we are seeing so much debate and frustration over the matter.
Also we should fight for our schools! We need more AWARENESS there too! Teachers need to be taught how to deal with a child on the spectrum without calling them a problem child. These kids are not problem children! They are overstimulated and need extra support. Remember Autism Awareness is key!