Autism Dad: I Need to Know
1) How do you express your love to your autistic child? And is he/she able to understand and reciprocate with words or other gestures?
2) In general, how do you teach your autistic child to understand, cope with and express a range of emotions, from love and joy to frustration and anger?
1) My second born, Ryan, was speech delayed, which worried us that he too was headed for an autism diagnosis. For whatever reason, he caught up quickly and now we can’t shut him up! I would like to hear from parents who have more than one autistic child. How do you cope and how have you had to adjust your expectations for your family?
2) If you have only one child on the spectrum, how do you ensure that your normal functioning child doesn’t feel he/she is any less loved? How do you talk to this child about his autistic sibling? When is the appropriate age to do so?
1) Does anyone have tales of an autistic child who also shares Ben’s grocery shopping compulsion?
2) What compulsions does your child have? What have you done to address them?
3) Ben’s diet is generally limited to pizza and hot dogs and Mac n Cheese (but just the brand his mother uses). He will eat ice cream but not frozen yogurt. What are your experiences with broadening an autistic child’s diet? What has worked for you?
1. If you are a single dad or mom, what challenges have you encountered communicating and coordinating with your ex?
2. How have you and your ex managed to put animosity or resentments aside and do what is right for your child?
3. Can you recall an individual who helped guide you in your journey and navigate the often convoluted autism services delivery system?
4. Do you believe in fate or the idea that things in this universe happen for a reason? Or is what I describe in this essay simply a series of coincidences?