I am the father of a boy with autism but I do not belong to any Fight for the Cure type of organizations.
I am happy that those organizations exist but I do not think that raising a child with autism means that you need to spend one Saturday a month trying to raise money for a cure. When the kids are older, I could see myself getting more involved in the larger cause but I think my time is better spent trying to teach Pookie the things he needs to learn at this point in our lives.
Having said that, I am a big fan of parents being able to meet and exchange stories, tips, and complaints that might help each other. One of the main reasons I started this blog was to share these types of stories. While we were going through the IVF for Taco Supreme, I had trouble focusing enough to organize my thoughts.
Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to change that. I am going to write my guide to raising an autistic child.
There will be posts about:
- Activities away from home
- Teaching life skills
- Indicators and detection
Please note that this is MY guide to raising MY autistic son. Don’t expect a lot of stats or charts or research or quotes from qualified medical personnel.
If you have a child with autism, some of these things might be helpful for you. Some won’t. Autism is very diverse and every child and parent is different. Feel free to add things that work for you. Maybe your tips will be just the thing another reader needs to hear.
If you don’t have a child with autism, I would like to think that these posts could have value to you, too. In addition to hearing some personal tales of a condition that we hear about in the news more and more every day, a lot of the things we do for Pookie work well for Geetle, too. So maybe they will work with your typically developing child, too.