I'm no expert....just flyin' by the seat of my pants!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
April is Autism Awareness Month - What is "Awareness" anyway?
I suppose the answer to this question will be different for all of us. For some it will be merely acknowledging autism or saying "I have a friend who has a child with autism." Others will walk in walks, run in marathons, donate money, etc. But truly being aware in my eyes is having love and compassion for these children. When a child is having a behavior, try to understand where that behavior is coming from. Behavior is communication. We may not understand why that behavior is occurring, but there is a reason behind. Try to teach your children to have compassion for these kids, to help educate those who don't know or understand what autism is. I have seen so many children have pure compassion for Jack, and it is a wonderful thing. In a world where there is an "awareness" month for just about everything (not that that's a BAD thing.......) we can sometimes become desensitized to the causes. Just remember that autism is insidious: it affects every nook and cranny of every person's life in that family. I will never claim to like autism, as a matter of fact I HATE it! But I love someone with autism and that has changed my life, and for that I am a better person.