Thursday, 2 April 2015

World Autism Awareness Day

Autism is a hidden disability - you can't always tell if someone has it

I was speaking to my sister about this event and as she works with children at the age when autism is still unnoticed, or it’s a time when it’s so new the parents are having a problem accepting that their children have something wrong with them. It’s a trying time.

She told me that one the hardest part is other people judging them because their child having a tantrum in the shopping center. She told me that people should reflect on what they think and say to others about how their children are behaving in a supermarket. You don’t know what’s wrong. you don’t know how much of a struggle it was to get the child there in the first place. How hard it is to just quickly head to the shops, or if that they are only there because there was no other choice. You don’t know how hard it is to be the parent, to come to terms with their child having a disability on top of trying to help them out, trying to work out the best way to cope with their child.

You don’t know how hard it was, just that simple act, and that all they want to do is get what they need and leave, just like you. The last thing they need is added pressure from you because their child can’t, or is struggling to, cope with the world around them.

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  1. Powerful post. Definitely helps for us to reflect on our trigger reaction to something we see. If we don't know all the sides to the story, we really shouldn't judge.

  2. Great post. Every story has a side and it's no business of anyone's why someone may act the way they do in public. I have nephews and a niece who are very young and when they start acting up I also hate the looks some people throw towards me when I'm out with them.

  3. Lovely post. A little bit of understanding goes a long way.

  4. Thank you for the post, Autism can be hard to diagnose and is often missed especially when the child is young.

  5. Well said, Bronwyn! Everyone has a story and now a days everyone seems to have an opinion and are quick to judge. You never know another's struggles. I like Nic's comment. Understanding is the key. A little compassion goes a long way too.

  6. Definitely needed to be said!

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