World Autism Awareness Day 2017

World Autism Awareness Month/Day is once again upon us and it’s time to remind those out there that Autism now effects 1 in 60 children worldwide! That means you probably know at least one person with Autism or someone who has an autistic child. We also need to keep in mind that it isn’t just small children that battle with this daily but teens and adults as well. Yes, Early Intervention is key but also learning how to function and make it on a day to day basis for teens and adults is just as important. Please take this day to Light It Up Blue and spread the love and awareness everywhere you go!
My precious little girl is now a 15 year old teenager. The fact that she’s “different” is something she is beginning to realize. I’ve heard her say on more than one occasion that she wishes she was “normal”. She repeats herself A LOT and a few days ago actually looked at me and said, “I don’t know why I repeat myself.” I thought it was just something she did. I didn’t think she even knew she was doing it but she is fully aware. She gets upset/mad so easily now and I think a lot of it is because she’s different, she knows it, and it’s frustrating to her. So, what is a mother to do?
Last year we were facing a new struggle almost daily. Puberty had taken hold of this poor girl in full force. She didn’t like her face washed, she didn’t like having to wear deodorant, and her biggest thing was she HATED me washing her hair. Now, her face has cleared up a lot, she is constantly using deodorant, and she washes and brushes her own hair. She has come a long way in a year. Now if only I could get her to eat more than five things…
Both of my kids have kind of stopped watching television or movies for that matter. Madyssen is engulfed in her phone and Abrial watches youtube non-stop. She watches things we have no clue about then gets frustrated because we don’t understand what she’s talking about. She talks extremely quiet then gets frustrated because nobody can hear her. She constantly gets upset because she thinks nobody understands her and she’s partially correct.
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There is no googling how to raise a teenager with autism because every single person with autism is different. I suppose it’s just trial and error. I know I won’t always get it right but I’m trying.
I celebrate Autism Awareness month all year round but this is a special time a year when it really gets stepped up a few notches. We need to help raise awareness not just for the ones starting out but all of the children, teens, and adults who live with it every day and perhaps help some parents in the process as well.
I don’t know what the future holds for my daughter but right now I am taking the small victories and celebrating them.
Thanks for reading!
~Amber

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