Great message posted on AutismMommy.ca
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.