First steps, potty training, and first words are milestones that parents can’t wait to share on social media or with family and friends. As a parent of a child with autism, I understand the apprehension of sharing milestones with others who are accustomed to having lengthy conversations with their children.
Telling someone that your four-year-old said, “Mommy” for the first time can be met with an underwhelming response or looks of confusion. However, just because your autistic child may not be achieving milestones at the rate of neurotypical children doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t celebrate them!
It’s Autism Awareness Month so, let’s celebrate our amazing children in these 5 special ways!
Do Something Special.
Celebrate your child by rewarding them in a way that speaks to them. Whether is extra time outside, decorating cupcakes together, or listening to that song they love on repeat, your autistic child deserves to know that you are excited about their progress!
Many places, like Sky Zone and Chuck E. Cheese, have special times for kids with autism to enjoy games and activities without being overstimulated by lights and sounds. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s something that your child will enjoy, even it if looks different than what other kids would enjoy.
Join a Community.
Joining a group can seem like additional work for the parent of an autistic child. However, being in the presence of other parents who have autistic children will create a comfortable environment to celebrate your child’s accomplishments.
Without hesitancy, you can share that your child has fewer meltdowns, is trying new foods with different textures, or made a friend at school.
These parents “get it” and will not only cheer for your child, but they will cheer for you! Sometimes knowing that you are not alone on this journey gives you the boost you need to continue being an amazing parent.