Special Needs Parents are a special breed. Parents of typical children don’t get it, and probably never will. We revel at every inch of progress our child makes. We know our child may quite possibly be forever delayed intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically, as compared to their peers. This knowledge also imparts upon us the beauty and fragility of our child. “There but for the Grace of God go I” is the quote we have heard many times. We marvel at their progress and exult in their attainments because we realize their potential. That potential is virtually limitless. As parents on the Spectrum we have learned about many famous historical figures, geniuses and icons who were (actually or likely) autistic. That next step, that complete sentence, that piece of art, that next thing they do (we hope) will unlock that little section of his brain, and bring our child closer to reaching that potential. We are, as described in the exerpt below, ever vigilant of our child’s milestones because, more than anyone else they encounter, we provide comfort and reassurance; essential components of nurturing parents. We commit every verbal and visual nuance to memory; knowing the difference between crying and really crying. No one taught us how to be Special Needs parents. For all the how-to books and blogs, we know our path is as unique and individualized as our child is; hopefully along the way we intersect with other parents who have a shared experience that will help us on our way, and vice versa. Special Needs parents are indeed a special breed: tenacious, patient, strong of will and backbone, educated, passionate and compassionate, and ever-present. This is our figurative cross, and we bear it gladly. Please click on the links to view the full article. -Ed
I don’t tell her that I will never forget the first time that I heard, “Look, Mama.” I don’t tell her that my baby girl was just three weeks shy of her 6th birthday when she pointed to the blue house — the one I’ll never forget — and said those words.
- Glowing With Autism (beyondautismawareness.wordpress.com)