Before you tell me that they’ll eat when they’re hungry, let me ask you this. How hungry would you have to be before your would eat the treats your cat leaves in the litter box? Sounds dramatic but that’s how offensive kids with sensory issues can find their food. They will quite literally starve before eating something they find sensory offensive.
Don’t even get me started on school. Between bullying, IEP’s and ill equipped schools, everything is a battle.
There are no slow lanes in life and regardless of the challenges being faced by special needs families, we still have to play by the exact same rules as everyone else.
We still have the same responsibilities as everyone else. No one cares that you might already be drowning in the overwhelming challenges of day to day life or that your child was hospitalized once again due to their fragile health. There are still bills to pay and jobs to do.
As someone who has experienced this every single day of his life, for the last 15 years, I can tell you that it takes its toll.
It impacts every single aspect of my life. It affects everything from your personal health to your relationships with family and friends. I don’t know how to make that any clearer.
So I thought I would toss each one of you the mic and ask that you share some of the challenges you face in your special needs parenting life. Maybe something that you wish people would better understand.
Leave your thoughts in the comments below or in the comments on this same post on The Autism Dad Facebook page.
Together, perhaps we can help the people in our lives to better understand…