What has been the most unexpected thing about parenting a child with autism?
I think finding out that I am much stronger than I have imagined. I have done things I never thought possible and got over my fear of what others think of me. I have found my voice for my child, made friends with other moms with kids with autism, educated friends and family and I feel like I am respected.
The power of loving that child holds,It seems to me a child w/any level of Austism understands love/support,Or maybe it just my way of thinking,Thomas (g/son)is 10 he gets humor,love/huggs.And I believe he understands being loved means,he has anger issuses like yestersday he took a nap missed his afternoon show was he ever mad,but after awhile he got okay.He has days like everyone else.but no matter what happens I say I love you Thomas at the end of the day,Love him no matter what kind of day he has,Ater all he is only human he only has SNeeds it doesn;t change anything,Thomas has Austism,Austism doesn;t have Thomas
One is how many people actually have no clue what autism is, or have one preconceived notion about what it is. Also I have learned to fully appreciate all of his many accomplishments, no matter how big or small!
My son has taught me patience. He is my youngest (my 4th, my husbands 1st) of three children. In my previous marriage with the three children I lacked patience but with my youngest I learned quickly.
However, I miss the connection that I had with my older children. We've adapted over the years. I am still learning through him.
That's a great question! First thing that comes to mind is that how very proud and emotional I get at the smallest things he does. My older two are at the top of their classes but I swear I'm the most proud with Dillon. Shhh....dont tell the other two. LOL
OH! And the compassion it's brought to my whole family. My husband is a teacher with several special needs kids (vocational teacher) and having Dillon has made him such a softy!
The most unexpected thing is how much my daughter has actually taught me, she's made me a better person.
he always knows more than i think he does
The time it takes, the patience, and the stress. Starting ABA soon and we will be doing 12 hours a week... I have no idea how that's going to be done.
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