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.
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…
- You walk into the playroom and all of the Hot Wheels are lined up by color
- You tell your child to ‘spit it out’ when he is stumbling over his words and he literally spits
- Putting jelly on the biscuit involves putting jelly ON the biscuit (as opposed to inside the biscuit)
- You know the following acronyms IEP, SLP, PT, OT, PDD, SPD, ABA
- Your personal library of books includes family favorites like All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions
- You’re thankful that they make cool no-tie sneakers for middle schoolers
How would you fill in the blank?