Children with autism struggle to behave according to society’s rules. They spend countless hours in therapy in an attempt to learn neurotypical behaviors so they can successfully socialize and participate in activities most people take for granted, like attending school or eating out at a restaurant.
It’s easy, as a parent, to get caught up in the need to help your child conform. After all, the ability to follow rules determine one’s success in life. We all want our children to succeed.
These days, we celebrate individualism on social media and pay lip service to what makes people different. We’ve all seen the meme of the little ballerina hanging upside down on the barre while the other girls obediently follow the teacher’s pose.
Be like this little rebel, the meme says, and everyone on social media enthusiastically agrees.
Except autism parents. We know that’s not the case in real life.
Heather Anderson is a natural health educator, writer, blissfully happy autism mom, fintech marketer and lover of life in Southern California.
Please join me on this autism journey. Let’s create a positive, supportive community in which we can learn, grow and prosper. Where the focus isn’t just on your autistic child, but on your own personal growth as well.