As a single parent to an autistic child, I know very well how quickly the day can become overwhelming. Over the years, I’ve learned that parenting an autistic child is an endurance sport. One that’s too hard hitting for the faint of heart, who require child leashes on their fully functional 7 year old.
The hits come in the form of tantrums, meltdowns, and a hovering sense of hopelessness. The lingering, “maybe some day” hopes that your child will develop life skills that so many others take for granted. This isn’t a game you can play without the right equipment- and one hell of a playbook. As any experienced parent to autism can tell you, if you “wing it” while they’re young, you’ll be in the powerhouse known as puberty before you know it- and you’ll lose!
Please, take what I have learned over the years as nothing more than one parent’s experience with autism. My focus, and methods, are based on experience, and many consultations with professionals over the years. My son is 14 years old, low functioning, non-verbal, incontinent, and highly aggressive. I have been raising him as a single father since 2008.
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