Fast forward to year 12 with our son that has Autism.
I have learned to be my child’s advocate. I can stand up in a room and fight for what’s best for my son. There is no time for stage fright.
I have learned to be an expert in acronyms. IEP, OT, PT, PDD. If you don’t know what these mean- you aren’t a SNP.
I have learned that Doctor’s don’t always know what’s best for my son and it is ok to let them know that.
I have learned the school system may only give you the least amount of info needed when it comes to our son and that getting the services he deserves and needs doesn’t just happen.
I have learned about real friendships through the tough times.
I have learned how to celebrate the simple things.
I have learned that the cycle is unending. Victory, defeat, victory , defeat.
I have learned that I am now an educator . Educating on my child’s strengths, potential and abilities.
I have learned milestones are different with a special needs child, and they should all be celebrated! I have also learned how to see my “typical” children’s achievements and realize what is truly important.
I have learned how many other parents are in “my community” and they are the strongest, most courageous and kindest parents you will ever meet.
I have learned perspective. Daily.
I have learned that I am going to keep on learning every day, and much of my learning will be from our child with Special Needs. He is the one that teachers me and those lucky enough to be around him daily.