Chapter 10: The Long View
“I hope reading how they have progressed, faced challenges, thrived, and found perspective and love will provide valuable lessons for your own journey” (187).
“While the criticism stung, she found support from a handful of other parents of children with autism, who not only understood her plight but encouraged her to raise he expectations of [him]. The sky’s the limit, they told her. Don’t put the brakes on yet” (189).
“No matter how much autism colors the way [he] experiences the world, she likes to point out that there’s more to him that that. “He is not his autism,” she says. “He’s an amazing human being”” (193).
“[I] realized it wasn’t all his fault,” she recalls. “It was the situation”” (195).
“The child isn’t his diagnosis,” [he] says. “You don’t want to interact with your ideas about who he is. You want to interact with the person standing in front of you” (197).
“‘Every day he teaches me how to live'” (197).
This quote is from a father who has a son who is now a young adult living with autism. We can learn so much from individuals with autism, if we allow ourselves to do so.
“[O]ne day at a time, one step in front of the other. Keep the future in mind, but don’t be wedded to any one plan” (202).
This is important for parents of children with autism to keep in mind, but I believe it’s also an important sentiment for everyone to think about and be aware of.
“You have to have a goal in mind, and you have to be in the trenches making it happen” (204-205).
Another idea that not only is important for parents of children with autism, but for all of us.
“When you meet [him], you immediately know he’s different,” says [his father]. “And he’s successful not in spite of that, but because of that”” (207).
We all have strengths and weaknesses that make us who we are. This is true of all of us, not just individuals with autism.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and read my upcoming posts on Uniquely Human by Barry Prizant. 🙂 ❤
Prizant, B. (2015). Uniquely human: A different way of seeing autism. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
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