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10 Things that parents with a child with Autism would like you to know

10 Things that parents with a child with Autism would like you to know

  1. There is no need to feel awkward around a child with autism. To them it is us that are slightly strange and doing things the wrong way.
  2. Autism is different in everyone, none are the same.
  3. When around other people, a child with autism may appear to be a perfectly typical child. Thing can be bottled up and it will all come out eventually, usually when he or her feels most comfortable at home.
  4. Kids with autism. They need love. They are wonderful and bring enormous joy and laughter to those who love them.
  5. Knowing one child with autism is not nearly enough to know a lot about this condition. Autism symptoms are as different as people’s personality’s. Some are similar but none the same.
  6. Kids with Autism are smart and creative. Their minds work differently and focus on different things to most children. This needs to be nurtured to make the children happy and let them achieve.
  7. If a child with autism is making strange noises, feel free to look and understand. The child is generally just excited about something. Please don’t stare but by all means look and learn.
  8. If you see my child in a grocery store, he may be head nuzzling, chewing on the corner of his shirt, or spinning. He’s anxious. I will not scold him, so please do not look at me as if I should. He can’t help how his body receives stimuli. He is trying to cope with the way his body is affected by his surroundings.
  9. From people who may try and judge either my child’s behaviour or the parents parenting skills, please realise that you know nothing about their situation or history. A little empathy & understanding wouldn’t go amiss in the busy and difficult life of raising a child with autism.
  10. Please accept our kids the way that you assume we will accept yours.

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