Happy Mother’s Day!

This week I’d like to celebrate all the moms out there, especially those with children that have differences. First a little disclaimer: All of the descriptions below are inspired by many wonderfully different women. No singular mom did all of these things.

Here’s to Mom’s awareness and preparation!

She goes on reconnaissance missions to find the sensory triggers at the grocery store and then plans the trip to minimize the effects for her daughter with ASD.

She schedules every moment of a day to relieve her Aspie son’s anxiety when he needs a respite from the daily challenges of dealing with the ever-changing nature of life.

She readies herself for the disapproving looks of others misunderstanding her autistic daughter’s sensory overload for a tantrum, and provides what her daughter needs to self-calm.

She comes up with innovative solutions to address her son’s sensory sensitivities. Her creativity brings the ASD community tag-less shirts, and transparent patches to turn irritating tagged shirts into tag-less shirts.

She works with the schools and teachers to create the best environment for her Aspie daughter to grow and learn academics, social skills, and independence.

She looks beyond school to the workplace and finds supports for her autistic son where needed to help him through the transition.

She starts a business to employ her kids and their friends, demonstrating to the business community the benefits of hiring people with ASD.

She seeks from society acceptance of her kids so that they can show the world their strengths.

Here’s to empowering moms!

She empowers her daughter with ASD to be self reliant by teaching and re-teaching expected behaviors in various social settings.

She encourages her son with Asperger’s Syndrome to try new things, to savor the process of learning.

She asks just that little bit more, when she is able, to move her daughter with autism towards a bigger brighter future.

And most of all, here’s to loving moms!

She provides unconditional love.

She understands the sideways hug and the quick glance she gets from her son with ASD means just as much as the big bear hugs other moms get.

She is patient. In moments of distress she is calm and kind as she helps her daughter.

And…
She shows others what can be done, rather than focusing on what can’t.

Thank you moms, for everything! Enjoy this day and take care of yourselves!
(Don’t worry dads! We’ll cover all the wonderful things you do in June!)

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating positive strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

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