An Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis can be overwhelming for parents.
Personally, I would compare it to having an enormous boulder dropped on my chest.
At first, there were crushing feelings of guilt and “what did I do wrong?”
My child’s life was going to be hard and he would have too much to carry on his shoulders.
Anger also was tossed into the roller coaster ride of emotions.
Once all of these emotions were processed, relived, and processed several more times, they started to give way to something else.
Acceptance and understanding began to take the place of what I had previously felt.
My child was still the same intelligent, funny and handsome boy he had always been.
I have learned a great deal about Autism from reading countless books, online forums and watching documentaries.
However, I have learned much more from my incredible child.
All from my son’s beautiful mind, here are some of the wonderful, colorful and intriguing lessons that I have learned:
The list of valuable lessons he has taught me could fill hundreds of pages.
The greatest one is that a diagnosis doesn’t define him, it’s just a part of him.
It is nothing to hide from, but something to be embraced.
I have learned that this is an ongoing journey and there will be many bumps in the road.
Together, our family will navigate through it.
We will be always his advocates and we will continuously learn, and teach others how to fit into his world.
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