This is a question that has popped up a few times in my short blogging career. To be completely honest, this is a very relative question, that perhaps requires us to define the term success in a new way.
Based on your definition of success, can your child with Autism ever be successful?
I’ve had a few discussions in the past because another Autism parent believed that his child on the spectrum would never be successful. This attitude was based on what I felt was a warped perception of what success was.
Everyone’s got the right to their own opinion but I have to wonder if situations like this, set up kids to fail….
This person defined success as achieving power, power and fame. Since his child would likely achieve neither, he would never be successful. I understand his logic but I lean towards his logic being horribly, horribly flawed.
How should we define success?
Is success flipping burgers and washing dishes for a living? Does being successful require a person to live on their own, independently? Can a person be successful if they never leave home or have to live in a group home environment?
I think how we as parents define success, can ultimately help or hinder our children’s ability to achieve their potential, at least in the eyes of their parents.
My purpose in writing this is to get you, my readers, to ask yourself this one question. How do I define success and based on that definition, can my kids ever be successful?
As always, please leave your comments below. We’re all about honesty and lack of judgment here, so no worries. 🙂
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