Wednesday, August 29, 2012

An Autism Mom's Reflections on Being Yourself

Great message posted on

We live in a society that has standard norms and all kinds of written and unwritten rules about staying within accepted boundaries. Peer pressure, meeting others’ expectations, and the desire to fit in are strong urges that can override the impulse to do your own thing, march to the beat of a different drummer, or be an eccentric nonconformist. In fact, sometimes it’s pretty difficult to “just be yourself”.

For autism families, parents are constantly measuring their child’s and their own success based on other “typical” children. Plus, our kids need to learn to interact with peers - even though the process can be wildly uncomfortable for them.

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