Gradually, painstakingly, sometimes heartbreakingly through the years, I’ve learned about autism. How to manage the challenges. How to cope with the hardships. How to celebrate the differences. Firsthand. As only a mother can.
I’ve come to understand, for example, that autism is not a disability, but rather a different kind of ability. As such, traditional approaches to communication, socialization, recreation, school, diet, discipline, health and hygiene must give way to more creative, more focused, more knowing approaches.
As my knowledge—and my son—have grown, other mothers and fathers have sought my counsel.
I’ve become their trusted resource. And now I can become yours.