As an #Autism parent, I have to celebrate the wins, even if no one else gets it



I know yesterday was a rough one for me and I was run pretty ragged but there were some positives. I wanted to quickly share one of those positives with you and encourage you to try and focus on the positives in your life. ☺

One of the big frustrations I have at home is the amount of screen time the kids have.

In a more typical situation, it’s much easier to limit that screen time and sorta tamp it down to a more reasonable level. Most kids don’t like the idea of giving up screen time in general.

For kids with Autism, it’s a much more complicated situation and I know many of you out there may shudder at the idea of taking your child’s tablet away. It’s not easy and more often than not, you’ll simply be trading one problem for another. It’s just not cut and dry when Autism is in the mix.



Last night, I was able to get Emmett to play a game before bed. We couldn’t find UNO but we did find Connect Four.

I bet you he and I played a dozen games of Connect Four before bed last night. Further more, Elliott, who hates playing games like that, asked to have a turn as well. He and Emmett played a few games together also.

It was a highlight of my day to see that.



I’m hoping to reproduce that again tonight and maybe even going forward.

Perhaps my bar isn’t set very high and if so, that’s okay. What matters more to me is that I see positive change in the lives of my kids.

Nothing about being an Autism parent is easy or uncomplicated. Celebrating the wins helps me keep hope alive.

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Father to 3 with Autism and husband to my best friend. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)

  

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Mo
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The Portage program was good for me to identify wins. Particularly the early years when our daughte… https://t.co/2fhbispXIV

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Well, I even read a discussion in a book that encourages high-functioning autistic children and adults to socialize online. Turns out that autistic people are on a better footing communicating online, as everyone has to rely on just verbal. So that was one opinion I read.

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I am so glad that I have found this blog. I recently started a blog of my own talking about my journey with my daughter who is on the spectrum and I love getting new ideas about how to reach out to people. I totally understand the little wins that no one else gets. Like for me, oh my goodness Ruby is using a spoon to eat her entire yogurt! That is a huge win, and honestly doesn’t happen very often. We got to take it when we can.

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Love this. Epic win xxx