Riding the Autism Spectrum: An Intro to Ten Things Tuesday
Monday, September 5, 2011
ten years since my son Billy (13) was diagnosed with Autism and it's been quite
a ride.Just like Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the ride began by hurtling me into the darkness
and at first I kept my eyes shut and just prayed for it to be over. (It took
several years before I could relax and enjoy the ride.) The Spectrum’s had just
as many unexpected curves, inversions, and sudden drops. It’s made me laugh and scream at the same time
and has made my eyes water far too many times than I care to admit.
I'm not one
to throw my arms up on thrill rides; I keep a white-knuckled grip on the safety
bar at all times. While riding The Spectrum I’ve hung onto whatever knowledge
and insight I could gather -- from my son’s teachers and therapists, from
books, and most importantly from other parents -- to counteract the feeling
that I was going to fly out of my seat at any minute!
might think that after ten years I would be somewhat of an expert on Autism.
Well, that's far from true! I'm always learning and growing as a parent, just
as my children are always learning and growing with each passing year. And so, I’ve
decided to pick a book that was written for parents new to this wild ride (Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes
You Knew.) I plan to read it and see how many of these lessons I’ve mastered -- and how many I may have forgotten.
So come join
me, starting tomorrow, for my weekly look at Ten Things I’ve Learned While
Riding The Spectrum. Until then, here’s a little something to get you in
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