Today's post about autism is a little different. Usually I will write about my 9 year old son who has autism, and some challenge or another he faces. But today, I wanted to give a list of things NOT to say to a parent of someone with autism (so, I guess this is about autism and the challenges others face when knowing what to say, and how it makes us parents feel).
I also want to say that some days hearing any of these comments can be worse than other days. If I'm having a terrible day with my son, some of these comments can leave me with a lump in my throat that turns into sobbing in the nearest empty isle at the grocery store. But on better days, I can shrug some (not all) of these things off. Not all parents of kids with autism are hurt by such comments as listed below, and that's normal too. Just like all kids with autism are different, so all parents of kids with autism are different!
What NOT to say to a parent of someone with autism (in no particular order)
Do you want to know a good thing to say? Either A: Nothing (yup, just don't say what you were thinking), or B: "You're doing a great job". That is a basic, life giving compliment with nothing attached!
Perhaps I'm being too sensitive, but truth is, my thing here is to help people become more informed about autism. So, I think putting a list of things out there that us parents don't want to hear is helpful.
If you have a child with autism, or special needs, what might you add to the list?
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