If you’re part of the autism community you’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” It’s supposed to be ironic in its simplicity.
Sayings like this don’t appeal to me because they are so simple. It doesn’t really convey all the intricate meaning about how different and varied autism can be from one person to the next. My son has never really fit the stereotyped idea of what autism looks like. I thought it might be enlightening to have a fellow autism mama work with me to write about our children, covering several topics.
Now, I know that most people who read my blog already know about autism and about how different it is for each person. But think about all the people out there that give advice and recommendations about working with our kids. Our kids are so different as individuals, that a one-size-fits-all approach just isn’t realistic. The same goes for therapy. But probably the biggest factor to come into play is the school system. I’ve run into this myself with my son’s school, where they don’t recognize some of his challenges as being related to autism.
My hope is that this series will be seen by at least a few people who have the ability to make a difference in how they work with our children. Please share it with friends and family, but especially with educators or professionals that you feel would benefit from seeing how unique two children on the spectrum truly are.
This post is part 1 of a 10-part series. I will be writing about Connor, and my friend Jen Bush, from Anybody Want A Peanut, will be writing about her son, Moe. We’ll cover the following topics:
wrap-up/thoughts for the future
I’ll be running the series on Tuesdays and Thursdays (unless I somehow get off-track because, autism), beginning the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, December 2nd. Please join us in learning about and celebrating the unique differences of two children on one spectrum.