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Autism Through a Mom’s Eyes

I had originally posted this on another blog. They were looking for guest bloggers and since it was Autism Awareness Month, I decided to post about a topic near and dear to my heart.

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted about special needs or Autism on my own blog so I thought I’d re-share that post over here. I hope it helps to see some of the good that can come out of special needs.

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When I was a child, I fantasized about having a family. A husband, a couple kids, maybe even that highly coveted white picket fence. Never did I imagine that I would be raising a child with Autism.

Back when I was younger, the only connection I had to Autism was my cousin. He lived 2000 miles away and I only saw him a handful of times growing up. I had heard stories, but more along the lines of “He can take a vacuum apart and put it back together better than a pro!” When we got the diagnosis for my youngest son a few months ago, I wasn’t sure how to deal with it. I almost hate to say it, but I was thankful. Thankful our 2+ year journey to help understand what was going on was over. We could finally focus on how to communicate with our amazing little boy and finally didn’t have to explain the 200 other diagnoses he was given that no one had ever heard of before. We had something that we could attach a plan to.

While living with a child with Autism can be stressful, it can also be amazing. I would have never thought to lay on the bed and stare at the fan with my son, but it’s one of our favorite things to do. I would have never thought bubbles were so profound before, but watching my son’s face fill with joy when he sees them can make me tear up. Before “Chewy” was in our life, I would have never thought common milestones were actually tiny miracles.

Autism has opened my eyes and mind to all the possibilities that are out there. It has reminded me to take time for life’s littlest pleasures. To make more time for my children to lead and choose the activities we do. To enjoy life as much as I am now. Some people may think Autism is something to grieve, but I feel like it’s something to be inspired by.

ColoradoMoms.com

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