Because even if you’re aware of autism, accept autism and understand autism, most autistic kids need extra help to navigate childhood successfully. And most parents need help too. Maybe some autism parents are able to instinctively parent their child. Most of us cannot.
But to work out how to help autistic* kids, you first need to ask “what is autism?” And there are as many answers to that question, as there are autism ‘experts’.
I would see it as a neurological difference that means that autistic people experience the world very differently and that can make it a frightening, unpredictable, illogical and overwhelming place. Lights really can be blinding and sounds deafening, people confusing and danger seemingly around every corner.
Of course, this is what I think right now – ask me again in a year and I could tell you something different. And hopefully, less negative too.
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