As we enter Autism Awareness Month, many do so with a lot of enthusiasm and want to know how they can support the autistic people in their lives. I wanted to take the opportunity to address my opinions are hot-button, important topics, because it is an area that many have no idea is an issue. Language is powerful and we need to make a shift in how we speak about autistic individuals in order to give them the respect that every human being deserves, while also recognizing that there are popular hurtful images and organizations that people think are helpful.
There are many times when you think “Wow, I never thought I would say X as a parent”, but you find that it’s just a typical part of parenting. I have found myself saying; “stop touching your penis at church” or “don’t drink the water from the goldfish tank”. The list can go on as kids, particularly boys, definitely do the unexpected.