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Been There, Do That! Day 30

Been There!

“You know you’re an autism parent when you have locks on your doors to lock your child INSIDE your house.”

NOTE: We have really not discussed this VERY REAL issue that autism parents deal with. If you need help, read this post by a dad who gives some helpful links.

Well, that is our last “Been There”! Do you have one you want to add? Please leave a comment!

Do That!

I wanted to end with this one, because it sums up my goal for Autism Awareness Month. When I asked on Facebook and Twitter for suggestions of how to reach out to special needs families, someone said…
“Think with compassion.”
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Been There, Do That! Day 29

Been There!
“You know you’re an autism parent when you have PECS cards on the walls instead of posters.”
(Picture Exchange Communication System
for nonverbal people)

Do That!
Winter? Shovel someone’s sidewalk.
Summer? Mow a lawn.
You get the idea!

If you are new to Autism Awareness month on Many Hats Mommy,
click here to read about this series.


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Been There, Do That! Day 28

Been There!

“You know you’re an autism parent when u feel horrible about not giving enough attention
to your neurotypical [‘normal’] children.”

Do That!

Handicapped parking spots and the neighboring diagonal lines are there for a reason. Don’t park in or on them, unless you have permission.


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Been There, Do That! Day 27

Been There!
“You know you’re an autism parent when you know where to find the cheapest chewy sticks.”

Do That!

Autism therapies and treatments are expensive. Host a garage sale and give a local family the proceeds! People are more than willing to donate unwanted items.

If you are new to Autism Awareness month on Many Hats Mommy,
click here to read about this series.


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Been There, Do That! Day 26

Been There!
“You know you’re an autism parent when you know what the words stimming, echolalia and scripting mean.”
[and you know what your child means when they use these things!]

Do That!
This is a tip left early on in a couple different comments, but I think it’s AWESOME! Attend a doctor appointment or school meeting and be the note taker so the parent can concentrate on what is being said.

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Been There, Do That! Day 25

Been There!
“You know you’re an autism parent when you want TWO padded rooms–one for your child’s crashing sensory needs, and one for you!”

Do That!
A suggestion from Facebook: “Don’t tell someone else how to parent their child. More than likely you don’t know the whole story.”

If you are new to Autism Awareness month on Many Hats Mommy,
click here to read about this series.


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Been There, Do That! Day 24

Been There!
“You know you’re an autism parent when you think VERY CAREFULLY before turning left or right out of your driveway, because one of those ways is the ‘dangerous’ way to town, and for the life of you, you are so exhausted from dealing with a previous meltdown, you just can’t remember which is the approved way to town.”

Do That!
Offer to do some car maintenance–oil change, wash, trash empty, vacuuming, etc.

If you are new to Autism Awareness month on Many Hats Mommy,
click here to read about this series.