A child with autism is not ignoring you. They are waiting for you to enter their world.
Mom and Dad,
I know it’s hard at times. Please don’t ever give up on me. Beneath my meltdowns, trouble talking, and limited eye contact, lies a love for you and a bond I cannot express right now. I love you… “Love your autistic child”
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One of my big pet peeves is when parents and professionals talk about a child in front of them like they’re not even there.
Try to involve the child in the conversation or at least acknowledge their presence. They have a voice. Even if we can’t hear it, we should be paying close attention and trying to listen.
(This post can also be applied to nonverbal adults. In this article I refer to my son, Jeremiah. He’s six-years-old, has autism, and can’t speak, however he can make limited sounds.)
We talk for them, we assume what they want. We don’t listen to the their nonverbal cues, we move on without concern for the nonverbal child’s desires or needs. But every person desires something in life, they have immediate needs and future plans, and for the person who can’t talk, those aspirations are largely ignored.
So, how do we know what our nonverbal child wants? We watch and we listen very carefully. Many of us parents of autistic kids spend our lives studying and listening. We study autism, we pour over articles and books. Some study treatments and therapies, and look for the most knowledgeable professionals. We listen to parents of autistic kids, and some of us listen to…
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