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Hearing that your child has autism, or any other neurological malady can be so unbelievably scary, right? In an instant everything changes. For this, and many other reasons, being a parent of an autistic child can feel pretty lonely at times. Don’t worry though; you have still got the same kid, only with a different future. A different path!
A diagnosis of autism doesn’t change who your child is or what they can accomplish. It’s not all about dark clouds but you can find a silver lining too. Research has grown exponentially over the past few decades, and there are always new treatment ideas and strategies being studied at colleges and research institutes across the country. You need to stay positive not just for your child but for your whole family. Keep in mind, all of this starts with you, and the sooner it starts, the better.
Some dysfunctions lead to terminal illness while others involve severe, chronic pain. Autism involves none of these. Yet over the years, it has been described as one of the most terrifying and upsetting possible diagnoses that eventually can become a parent’s nightmare. Though, in rare cases, the experience of autism can be quite overwhelming and frightening. In most cases, however, the fear is out of proportion to the reality. To quell your worries and fears, you need to address some of the below-mentioned issues.
It is not uncommon for numerous autism parents to blame themselves or each other. Usually, parents like to feel that they can protect their children from illness and injury by being extra cautious. But, in reality there’s very little anyone can do to avoid the risk of autism. Believe in yourself that it is certainly not your fault. It is not your partner’s fault either. What you did or didn’t do earlier in your lives, whether you loved or cuddled your child enough or not, none of it has any connection with your child having Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Did you know that “United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” recently estimated that 1 in 68 children among 11 surveillance sites in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder? Another door-to-door count in the United Kingdom found that approximately 1 in 100 adults had ASD. So, this means you are not alone. There are thousands of families across the globe coping with the same difficulties of raising a child who is on the spectrum.
Will my child have a bright future? Will the different-looking kid be accepted by a society who judges people so much on appearance? Will he find true love or sincere friendship? Well, these worries are sure to haunt every Autism parents. But, keep in mind that running through all the possible options isn’t helpful. All you can do is put in your best effort and enjoy all of the time you get to spend with your autistic child. Everything else will turn out to be ok, eventually.
If you’re a parent of an autistic child then there are plenty of reasons for you to feel anxious on behalf of yourself and your child. Your struggles aren’t easy. But, remember that there will be no silver linings if there are no dark clouds. You have to always look at the brighter side even if you think there is none!