3 things parents of neurodiverse kids should know

As we wrap up April’s Autism Acceptance Month, it’s been so heartening this yr to see companies and our authorities present solidarity and launch quite a few initiatives that help neurodiverse youngsters.

Film theaters now have “sensory pleasant showings.” The Utah Jazz took efforts to make their area licensed by KultureCity, making the stadium extra accommodating for followers with sensory wants. President Biden signed a proclamation calling April 2, 2021 as World Autism Acceptance Day.

These are all worthy efforts and initiatives. However I’m additionally conscious that for a lot of dad and mom, this April may very well be the primary time they’re recognizing Autism Acceptance Month, or the primary time it’s been on their radar. Possibly they only acquired a prognosis and are feeling overwhelmed. As nice as these initiatives are, the dad and mom of neurodiverse youngsters might have one thing less complicated: connection, steering, and empathy from different dad and mom who know their scenario.

Six years in the past, my oldest son was identified with autism spectrum dysfunction (ASD). A number of years later, my youthful son was identified with ADHD. My husband and I’ve discovered so much about neurodiversity in just a few quick years. We’ve grown collectively and with our two sons. We are able to actually say that we wouldn’t change a factor about our household. However that doesn’t imply it’s all the time straightforward, both.

That’s why we wished to have fun this month by sharing just a few issues with others in comparable circumstances. We wished to share some steering we want we knew once we began our journey as neurodiverse dad and mom.

A studying distinction prognosis is NOT the tip of the world.

My husband and I have been anxious upon studying about our oldest son’s ASD prognosis. These worries have been compounded by the lengthy waitlists for remediation assets. We have been each unfamiliar with the prognosis and have been anxious that we weren’t doing sufficient. We didn’t know if we have been making the appropriate strikes. It felt extraordinarily isolating to not know what to do or who to show to. We did as a lot analysis as we might, however we additionally took tangible motion, getting our son into remedy.

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