When I started thinking about what I’d like people to know about my children on the autism spectrum, so many things ran through my mind. There’s so much you want to relay to other people. I’m going to attempt to relay a few things in this post.
The first thing is when you meet one person on the spectrum. You’ve met one. Yes, some have a lot of similarities and signs they may share, but everyone is different. Even with my three children, all their symptoms were different. it even took doctors until my twins were almost 4 to diagnosis them. The long story they wouldn’t listen to our concerns. With my other children, they were 10 before they got diagnosed. It’s sometimes harder to diagnose girls on the spectrum.
See one of my twins has more anger issues than the other. Yes, sometimes anger is part of autism, and it can show up around puberty. Beware!
The second thing is in God’s eyes they’re whole. What they have now isn’t going to be with them in their heavenly body. Even though while here on earth they have struggles with things associated with Autism, one day they won’t. All of this is going to be used to bring glory to God. It might not seem like it now, but it will be God’s word says so.
The third thing is their Autism Doesn’t define them. This isn’t all they are. They have thoughts and dreams just like all of us. Don’t ever give up on them. Fight for them and help them use their voices.
Another thing I love people to know is yes it’s hard for them to open up to people. Give them time and keep trying. Be patient with them cause once they do open up to you it’s amazing.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog, you can find her writing about being an author, her faith, and family. She resides in Indiana with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.