Dear Mom of a Child with High Functioning Autism

You are part of a unique group who may not quite fit in with the traditional autism community.

You may even feel guilty for using the term “autism” when your child is far from “Rain Man.” You may feel like you don’t deserve to use that term when others are far worse off and your child is verbal and may not even need an aide at school.

But your child with high functioning autism has challenges. Plenty of them. Challenges that very much affect him/her and your entire family. They may not always be obvious to everyone around you. But when they are? It’s very apparent.

And you wonder, secretly in your heart, if your child will ever grow up to become a productive, functioning member of society. And you also secretly feel guilty for even considering those thoughts because a mom, shouldn’t you be his biggest cheerleader?

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