I wanted to share a few thoughts with you because I think it’s really important to keep a proper perspective on things.
I’ve been a public figure in the world of Autism for pushing 6+ years now and I’ve learned so much.
Something that I’ve realized is that one of the biggest struggles that Autism parents can face, is also one of the biggest misperceptions as well.
I would be surprised if one of my fellow Autism parents were to tell me that they have never felt alone or isolated as a result of being an Autism parent.
I think sadly, feelings of isolation or being alone are relatively commonplace in the hearts and minds of many Autism parents.
People feel these things for different reasons but essentially, life can get so overwhelming or frustrating that you begin to feel like you are the only one going through this.
The reality is that sometimes, rifts can form between Autism parents and their family/friends due to misunderstandings, lack of understanding or simply because the Autism parent just doesn’t have the time or energy to put into those relationships.
Here’s what you need to remember. No matter how alone you may feel or how isolated you have become, there are literally countless others out there going through the same thing.
The truth is that you aren’t alone.
It can be tough to connect with people who understand or get it, especially when dealing with those that have little or no first hand knowledge of what life is like for an Autism family.
With that said, I’d like to welcome you to the 21st century.
You can literally connect with people from across the globe, without even having to put your pants on.
There’s a whole world available online and more people than you can possibly count, that understand what you’re going through.
There are support forums like the My Autism Help Forums, where you can connect with others that get it and don’t judge you. You can simply join in the conversations taking place in the comments on this blog.
Most of my readers are people who truly care and or have been there themselves.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to be alone. You don’t have to be isolated. For that matter, if you’re reading this, you already met at least one person who gets it…..
You happen to already be on a site that promotes dialogue and conversation about all things parenting and Autism related.