It can be truly challenging keeping emotions in check (not only your own, but those close to you), while keeping a clear head to learn what autism and neuro-diversity is, all while trying to figure out what is best for your child. At times, it may feel like you don’t do enough of everything to help your child and it is perfectly normal to feel that way. If you are constantly feeling demotivated about your child’s progress, do reach out to others in the same boat for support and experience sharing. You are not alone in this journey.
Tagged: autism awareness
Most parents were clueless on autism red flags until someone pointed it out. I wish I knew more people who talked about autism when our son was little so I could pin point his red flags to autism instead of assuming that he’s just a “difficult baby”, “problematic child” etc.. In the end, autism is a spectrum disorder so just because your child does or does not have the symptoms stated above doesn’t mean he or she is or isn’t autistic. Trust your motherly instinct and gut feel, do your own research and consult with your paed if you notice any red flags.
Almost all well-meaning people around us; friends, colleagues, neighbours, and even family members alike, had doubted our son’s autism diagnosis at one point in time. We know people have our best interest at heart and meant well, and we still love them; it just goes to show how severely awareness on autism is within our society. In spirit of spreading awareness, I would like to share 4 common comments that we had received that were less thoughtful.
We want to spread the word, share little experiences, and contribute to the global cause of doing more to creating more awareness among humanity. We take this as a calling for to arms to educate people on autism awareness. The community needs to know about “other” children with an “alternate” state of neurodiversity too. We are making a stand that we shall not suffer in silence. We refuse to. And others like us should not have to.