It really just makes my blood boil when I hear about the behaviour of other parents in the school yard. It is just appalling and unacceptable.
What happened to being supportive, compassionate and understanding of each other as we navigate our way through this maze of parenthood? Your child has autism…they don’t have the bloody plague people! What century are we living in?
With the rate of children being born with autism only increasing as we speak, I am still constantly amazed to hear about other people’s ignorance in regard to the way they treat you when you share with them about your child’s “diffability”. AND as for these so called friends who ditch you or make you feel like rubbish, well can you please ask yourself what type of friend they were to you in the first place? Some people surely use the term ‘friend’ far too liberally it would seem.
Your child’s autism is only one part of who they are – just like they have brown hair or big feet. It does not define them. There are so many amazing qualities about your children. If you haven’t started having conversations with your child about their autism – I implore you – do it today! Not tomorrow, not next week.
Teaching kids to understand about how their autism makes them different to other kids is vital to their success. It is part of who they are – it is a part of their identity that should be celebrated within your family. It’s what makes you special and unque – just like the fact that my daughter is adopted. I tell everyone I know – I am so proud of our family. You should be too! I talk to my daughter about it now – she is only 2 – but she will grow up always knowing about her birth- it is part of WHO she is.
It’s not a secret or something to be ashamed of.
Shout it from the roof tops people! WE LOVE AUTISM!
Chaos to Calm Consultancy would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurung people of the Kulin Nation.We acknowledge the elders past, present and emerging - particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who walked before us supporting and connecting their children to the earth, water and community. Always was. Always will be.