Even after more than a decade of Autism and Special needs parenting, I still struggle with many of the same things that Autism parents just starting their journey are dealing with.
It’s easy to assume that the above statement is referring to behavioral issues with my kids but that would not be accurate. Sure, my kids are still challenging and yes, it does get frustrating but that’s not really what makes life so difficult.
One of the biggest challenges that I personally face is a general lack of understanding from the people around me.
Just so we’re clear and none of my family reads into this, a lack of understanding isn’t necessarily the result of a lack of trying on anyones part. It’s simply the reality of life as an Autism parent.
It’s so difficult to convey the reasons we tend to avoid many of the get togethers that pop up throughout the year, especially the ones with lots of people or that take place out of town. It’s not that we don’t want to be there, although truthfully, in some cases we’re just too tired to go anywhere.
When you’re living at the mercy of your child’s ability to cope with their surroundings, you tend to learn those limits pretty quick. It’s a matter of survival.… Read More