Autism - Lifetime

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"There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do." - Temple Grandin

Autistic kids come in all kinds, shapes, sizes, abilities, and challenges. It may take a little longer to develop but it doesn't mean they aren't capable of a lifetime of development just like everybody else...

Acceptance - I don't want to "fix" my child. I want him to thrive. At its core, there should be nothing wrong with being autistic. It just is.

Our autistic children are more than the sum of the things that they can and cannot do. Quality of life is possible across all abilities and disabilities. The quality of our children's lives and the quality of our lives as parents will improve when we embrace this.

Dream Poster - Goal Independence with Autism

Your child's autism is not getting worse. He's just becoming a teenager.

I am a work in progress - and that should not be an excuse... rather it is a commitment.

Most individuals improve over time, but difficulties with commuication, social adjustment and independent living continue into adulthood.

Wanting to remind people that being autistic doesn't end at 18 or 21.

One in one hundred adults may be autistic. Don't panic. It has always been this way. Some interventions have been shown to help us achieve success. One of these is called employment.

Two things I have come to believe since becoming an autism parent...

When Parents of Autistic Kids Cry - At the age of 12, my (technically) nonverbal son came to me when he had a paper cut on his finger. He held his finger close to my face and said, "Hurt, finger." This was the first time he was able to connect a feeling of pain with an action and word to gain my attention and help. As a parent of a child who previously never showed any emotion when he was in pain nor ever sought help with the pain, this was the moment I cried. I cried because he no longer would suffer in silence. I cried because all those years of never giving up trying to help him connect emotions paid off. I cried because I was happy.

Fitting in... Autistic Burnout - No ASD book or NT professional references autistic burnout. Only ASD adults talk of it. Please treat this as a real and serious threat until it can be disproven as a threat.

What is it?

ASD Adult Needs:

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