School breaks are so hard. And I feel like I am holding my breath…
Whether it is her reaction to a gift not being what is expected or looking in different directions for a family photo— the smallest things can set her off, or even upset others.
There was a time when I found myself so caught up in trying to fix her and catch up to things her peers did without a struggle.
“My child is on the spectrum, but she is very capable of participating in this activity.”
She has paced in circles and is now rage coloring.
Maybe we just want to catch a break. To know what it feels like to have a typical kid who doesn’t struggle to do things their peers can do effortlessly.
But how does that help me now? Now that there is nowhere left to go? Does no one understand that our children are capable of growing? That they won’t always be the bad kid.
Also, According to Autism Speaks, “On average, autism costs an estimated $60,000 a year through childhood, with the bulk of the costs in special services and lost wages related to increased demands on one or both parents.”
This journey has become thinking you have made progress only to have it pulled out from under you a few months down the road. Rinse and repeat. Over and over again.
ABA therapy and techniques have made me a better parent. While this treatment may not be appropriate for everyone, it has changed my child’s life for the better.