So today is World Autism Awareness Day and it is World Autism Awareness Month. As always, it makes me think if I am doing all I can every day to help encourage Michael’s unique gifts and help him shine in a world that is not always easy for him. Today my answer is yes. Yes, I am doing all I can as a Mom, and when I am stuck I look for support by asking Michael’s therapy team, my Mom friends, and most importantly of all, by trusting two very important people: Michael and myself. When I see Michael is becoming more confident, trying new things, handling his emotions better, I realize that I am equipping him for the real world in positive way. He has particularly been paying attention to how he handles his anger and fears. I am proud of him for this, and even during the times he has made mistakes, he is owning them and learning from them. He is trusting his instincts as am I!
For my part, I am seeing all the hidden gifts he has that I did not see before. Though there are his main gifts, such as navigating, beat boxing, as well as cooking, he also loves singing and dancing, and has a really great memory for song titles and artists, as well as events where he met certain people etc. He is amazing at remembering events, more so than anyone I know. I am constantly amazed by his retention, and how well he can tell when he is off, as long as he is paying attention to his body’s signals. There are still the odd times when I have to suggest a walk, going on his swing, or squeezing a fidget toy, but overall he is getting it. Every day, even when I see him struggling with organization and self-control, he will do his best to figure it out. That is how I see his type of autism-awareness of difference in how he perceives the world, but gradually beginning to find ways to troubleshoot his difficulties.
At the same time, Michael is also recognizing where he is the same as his peers and trying to figure out a way to talk with them. It has been touching to see him have conversations with his neuro typical cousins at family gatherings and take an interest in them a little more. It is all falling into place, an I am proud that he is seeing what he needs to do to grow and become independent and successful in his own life.
Exceptional Parents, on this World Autism Awareness Day and month, how are you helping your Exceptional Child move towards success? As long as you are showing them you believe in them and encouraging whatever they are interested in, you are on the right path. Remember, our kids may find in this world taking a non traditional path. That is who they are-thinkers who figure out problems by thinking outside the box. They will start to appreciate their own genius, by how they view you applauding their gifts. Think right now about how amazing your child is and encourage his/her light to shine. Until next time.
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