Autism Awareness: 5 Things Parents With an Autistic Child Wish You Knew by Sandra Matthews

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10 months ago

Autism Awareness: 5 Things Parents With an Autistic Child Wish You Knew

One of my sons, Everson, is on the spectrum and nonverbal. While it is hard to parent a nonverbal autistic child, it is even more difficult to manage the judgments and misunderstandings that come from a lack of awareness or acceptance. 

Here are five tips that autism moms and dads wish all people understood:

  1. Every single person on the planet has "autistic-like characteristics." Read the book Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant.
  2. All children, autistic or not, have innocent and positive intentions.
  3. All people, including autistic children, like being spoken to and interacted with in their own ways.
  4. Parents of ASD kids like being asked questions.
  5. Please don't say, "I'm sorry," when I tell you my child has autism.

Autism is just a different way of being human.

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Ann Marie Patitucci
Thank you for sharing this, Chloe LaFrance! I think it will help to educate many! #autismacceptance
Elisa Schmitz
This is such a wonderful piece, Chloe LaFrance - thank you so much for sharing!
Donna John
So helpful for parents with autistic children. Hope you'll share more tips with the community. Chloe LaFrance
The post is an intelligent and empathetic book written FOR our children. We asked parents what they want others to know about their children on the autism spectrum.

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