You Know You’re the Parent of a Child With Autism If…

A few weeks ago I posted the following on The Autism Education Site’s Facebook page – “You know you’re the parent of a child with autism if… (fill in the blank). Your response can be funny or serious, whatever you’re feeling at the moment.” Since my daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2006, I’ve had several of those “I’m definitely an autism parent” moments and so I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. I’d also like to read what you’d add to this list – leave me a note in the comment below.

Here are a few of the responses that were shared on my Facebook page:

Kimberly said, “Going to the park is not an option.”

Melissa said, “Going to a birthday party even for his best friend is a struggle or not an option at all. Routine is the MOST important aspect of your daily life.”

Maureen said, “When you have to do laundry everyday so he can wear his favorite shirt AGAIN tomorrow.”

Graham said, “When you see him struggle to comprehend the simple parts of life and have to step back so as not to overwhelm him with too much to avoid frustration or outburst. Love our Son!”

Now I’ll share some of my favorite moments from the past seven years:

You know you’re the parent of a child with autism if…

How would you fill in the blank?

About Melissa

Melissa is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum and strives to provide information about all aspects of autism through her blog, The Autism Education Site. Follow Melissa on Twitter. Like me on Facebook.

© Melissa Hincha-Ownby and The Autism Education Site, 2008-2014.


  1. DeEtte Shattuck says:

    You know you’re the parent of a child with autism when he knows more than you do and tries to teach you about science and astronomy at age 8 as well as masters the games world craft and mine craft when you can’t even figure it out all the while he is unable to express his feelings and uses physical agression to try to let you know there’s something wrong.

  2. Grandparents dance in the middle of the store when the child “starts spinning”. Dancing together really brings on the looks but who cares we are enjoying our grandchildren and onlookers, depending on age and life experiences smile or glare. Live and Love always

  3. Charlene Lauder says:

    You know you are a parent of a child with autism when you have a son who is 17,who still can’t read,write or talk. But you still could write volumes on how he has improved over the years.


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