If you have a few minutes, read this blog post from a mom who had a life changing experience involving her autistic son at a Target.
I read it and cried, kind of really cried, in my parked car the other day. This is very real. The meltdown, the mom trying to hold it together, the eye rolling, the desperation to figure out how to fix the situation, the desire to bite somebody’s head off, the sincere regret, and the tears. Most certainly the tears.
One thing I can say for sure (and there really aren’t many) is that you/we will see, meet, know more and more families struggling with autism spectrum disorders. They can take on many variations as many of you already know. And as they say (and it is certainly true) when you meet one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism. So with that in mind…get ready. Get your mind right. Prepare yourself.
Prepare yourself to show compassion, understanding, assistance, acceptance. Most importantly, please don’t judge. That goes for the children as well as the adults. We are all doing the best we can.
Seems like every month the numbers grow, as do the list of possible reasons for all this. Some attribute the higher percentages of affected children on increased testing….others know better. Something(s) is amiss. I won’t even go there as to my theories. We all have them. Bottom line, more children and therefore more families are dealing with autism, sensory processing disorder, developmental disabilities…
As these numbers grow, and there is every reason to believe they will, we must all share the load. Share the responsibility, share the experience. Welcome that family into your life. Learn that child, just as you would any other. Open your heart and your mind. We all thank you for it.