Today starts Autism Awareness Month, so we’re taking a break from the Power of One series. For today, I thought I’d share with you some things I’ve learned since having a child with autism.
1. People with autism are strong. I wrote about this over at my friend Jennifer’s blog.
2. Autism parents are strong, too. It’s not easy.
3. God gives grace.
4. Bad behavior is not always bad. Sometimes there are explanations and the behavior is trying to communicate that.
5. Don’t ask more than one question at a time. Even if your child on the spectrum is listening when you start, multiple questions cause confusion.
6. It’s ok to ask for help, even from people you don’t know very well.
7. There are some really great people out there.
8. In the midst of appointments, therapy, stress, etc., remember to hug your child and have fun times, too.
8. A lot of special needs parents connect online because it isn’t possible or available otherwise. #Youmightbeanautismparentif is still going strong on Twitter!
9. Patience is more than a virtue. It’s a necessity.
10. Special needs parents need to stick together. Sure, we can respectfully disagree over treatments, but why bicker with those who understand your life more than most?
11. Each person with autism is different.
12. Try, try again. And again.
13. Celebrate victories, no matter how small they seem.
Are you an autism parent? What have you learned?