When Autism Makes People Uncomfortable

A time will come on this journey when your autistic child will make someone uncomfortable. Like really visibly uncomfortable. Maybe you are in line at the grocery store. Or in a waiting room at a doctor’s office. Or at a park. And your child will be flapping, running, grunting and loving life, just being happy, and you will see people move away from them. You will see stares. You will see looks.

I want to tell you that how you react in that very moment is a really big deal. I also want to tell you that 9 times out of 10, these are not bad people. They are just curious. When my son was younger, and I was newer to autism and being his mom, I would get angry. But seven years in, I am working on simply ‘talking’ about autism. This may still make people uncomfortable. But know, that is their problem, not yours.

Learning to talk about autism, educating and advocating is really, really important.

When Autism Makes People Uncomfortable

A time will come on this journey when your autistic child will make someone uncomfortable. Like really visibly uncomfortable. Maybe you are in line at the grocery store. Or in a waiting room at a doctor's office. Or at a park. And your child will be flapping, running, grunting and loving life, just being happy, and you will see people move away from them. You will see stares. You will see looks.I want to tell you that how you react in that very moment is a really big deal. I also want to tell you that 9 times out of 10, these are not bad people. They are just curious. When my son was younger, and I was newer to autism and being his mom, I would get angry. But seven years in, I am working on simply 'talking' about autism. This may still make people uncomfortable. But know, that is their problem, not yours. Learning to talk about autism, educating and advocating is really, really important. www.findingcoopersvoice.com

Posted by Finding Cooper's Voice on Sunday, September 2, 2018

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