What advice would you give to caregivers of children with autism?
Breathe. Remember that each child is different, and that it’s called a spectrum for a reason. What treatments, exercises, and coping methods work for one child may not work for yours, so find the tools that you need to help your own child, and don’t worry about whether you’re doing it “right” or not. If it works for you, and your child is doing well, it’s right.
I found it very helpful to try to see things through our boy’s eyes. Ellen Notbohm wrote a great essay a few years ago, called “10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew”; I interviewed her last year as part of my month-long Autism Awareness series. (You can read the interview and her essay here.)
Who is one of your idols? Why?
This may sound silly, but when I was a child, “Mighty Mouse” was my idol. I loved the idea that the tiniest of creatures could be the one who saved the day.
I’m not sure I have an idol now, as much as I just have ideals.
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