Dear Mom of a Child with High Functioning Autism

You may hate using the term “autistic” when describing your child because you don’t want it to define who she is. Yet it is part of who she is.

Even though you’ve learned to embrace “autism” because it’s brought answers and help to your child, it’s never easy admitting he is “less than perfect” in society’s eyes. And every time you have to explain to someone, your heart breaks a little.

You might secretly feel guilty that your daughter is autistic. You know there is no blame, especially on yourself, but, as a mom, it’s hard to not have regrets.

Life is always unexpected, but with autistic kids, there’s an additional wrench thrown in the mix. Your child might change overnight and it’s up to you to figure out what’s going on with him. And it’s up to you to figure out a way to help him.

Yes, there are experts and doctors who can advise you. But it’s your job to help your child. You must be an advocate for him in a world that doesn’t make it easy. It’s a scary responsibility.

Everyone has an opinion, even those who have no right to say anything about autism. There are about 4 million results if you google “high functioning autism.” It’s up to you to weed through all the “noise” and figure out what will help your child.

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