Living with a kid with autism

posted by Jeff | Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:41 PM | comments: 0

Diana spotted a hilarious list of memes around being an "autism parent." It may sound almost mean, but sometimes all you can really do is laugh about this stuff. What choice do you have?

I've said it before, but we're lucky that Simon isn't much worse off. His intelligence seems extraordinary, as we see him understanding mechanical things and reading at least a year beyond his age. And yet, he struggles with so many things that you would think were obvious, like buttoning his pants.

The jokes above kind of give me comfort, because it's good to feel like you aren't alone in what you experience. Because I have to clench my teeth whenever someone suggests "he seems normal." People never see when you have to battle over eating a french fry that has a slightly browned end, or getting his pants turned outside-in. When we struggle to engage in imaginative play over simply lining things up.

I love that little boy, but some days, I just wish it could be a little easier to get through the basics.


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