I just returned from a short trip and tried to catch up on some of the comments on the web site. I am still amazed that people view my post as insightful because most of them are written when I need to air my frustrations. When you get old, you review your past life including what you tried to accomplish and what little that you did accomplished. You wish you could correct your mistakes and do more than you could humanly ever do.
Since starting this dream of a group home and working to see its first resident move in, I have meet or talked to a number of parents with children with different levels of autism. We all have the same desires and dreams for our children, yet we lack a sure fire solution of how to obtain those dreams. I think that is why people think my post are interesting enough to read. Maybe, the post make them see part of themselves in them. We all are different yet so much alike.
When I started writing these post, I was hoping to inform and help parents find answers to questions about autism that when my daughter was young that I didn’t know where to turn. I will still try to do that but I am sure by now everyone who reads my post knows that I am not that well versed in all that is autism. But I think people need to see that others feel the same as they do. The frustration, the ups and downs and the feeling of somehow not being able of doing enough, in other words the feeling that we are failing our child. I am leaving the technical aspects of autism to the professionals.
Parents, with school resuming soon, please fight for the right kind of teacher for your child because NO ONE program fits every child. Our kids need people in their lives that care for them and that are willing to do whatever it takes to make them feel loved and worth something. SELF WORTH is a strong need for all of us, we all need a purpose in life. Look in their eyes when they accomplished a task and you will see the world in a new light. That look should be in ALL of our eyes, it is a wonderful sparkle that should never be lost, it lights up the heart.