Autism Awareness – As Told By A Mommy of an Autistic Child
My son was kicked out of a daycare at 4 years old for being “difficult.” I went through all of the emotions – coming to terms that I had a child with special needs was not easy. But the more I educated myself, the more I opened my eyes to learning new ways on how to work best with him.
Your child is your child no matter what. A label does not define him or her. Everyone is different and it’s not just about understanding Autism, but rather understanding your child’s needs and how they process information.
There are different signs of autism and children display them at different ages. Some aren’t even diagnosed until they are adults. Everyone is different, thinks differently and functions differently.
“One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.” – AutismSpeaks.org
About a year ago, I moved my son to a new school and have encountered teachers and caregivers that take the extra time to work with him, understand him and truly love him. The school he now attends has helped tremendously and has opened up new services for him that were not previously available.
My child is special and will always be special.
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