I have never really come across Autism till I started my mums group – now it seems Autism is something we come across daily. Coping with autism is something mothers do day in and day out and is it any wonder so many tell me they become frustrated when people stare at their children.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
Most children do not like change, children like a set routine as they feel safe and secure, but a child without autism can readily accept change, despite a few tantrums along the way. I like routine, it means I know what we are doing and when, but when something suddenly just crops up I know after a bit of whining the kids will be just fine.
How does a mum with an Autistic child cope with this day in day out? It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
As a mum with not much idea of Autism, the above scares me. How would I cope if one of my own children did have this? I know I would have to but I can’t help but think this must turn your everyday life upside down.
A simple day out?
A simple meal?
A simple night out with friends, can you leave your child with others?
I cannot imagine living with this and as said have no personal experience when dealing with Autism, so I hand this post over to the parents out there who do understand this.
What is it really like to live with Autism?
How does Autism affect your daily life?