Dear Mom of a Child with High Functioning Autism

No, you often feel very very alone.

Sometimes you catch yourself watching other kids your child’s age and secretly wish your child was like them. Then you feel bad for even thinking that and quickly remind yourself just how much you love your child.

People don’t realize just how amazing your autistic child can be. She may have incredible talents and have so much to offer; she just does things differently than others. And while your heart loves to see that talent, you also ache because you wish other people could see and get to know who your child really is.

You forget to take care of yourself in the midst of caring for your child and the rest of your family. Yet you must not! You are so important to your child and her well-being and that’s even more reason for you to let go regularly and do something for you! But how do you fit yet one more thing into your already overwhelmed life?

Most of all, you love your child with a fiercely protective mother-bear nature that takes on a new meaning when your child has high functioning autism.

Dear Mom who has a child with high functioning autism.

I get it. My 12-year-old son, Nathan, was diagnosed with high functioning autism 2 years ago.

Every one of the things I’ve mentioned here has been true for me.

My heart goes out to you. It’s not easy. But You. Are. Not. Alone. 

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