I do not have autism. I am not autistic. But my son is.
I look forward to reading your emails . Glad cooper had such a great time at the zoo .thankyou for sharing your emails always help .. it’s not easy being a mum of autism and it’s nice to have mums that understand this and share their stories and tips .. less lonely .. ❤️
This: “When he struggles, I often do not know why. I just have to believe him.” 💯❤️
You are a wonderful Mom to Cooper. I have been following you on Instagram and Facebook for a while but have never commented. Your posts always touch my heart. My 27 year old daughter is autistic. When she was diagnosed little was known about autism and schools did not have programs in place to teach students with autism. We fortunately live in a great school district that worked with us throughout her school years and we found our way. It was a lonely journey at times and I wish I had someone like you to connect with and not feel so alone. Always follow your heart and be a part of Cooper's world. My daughter began speaking at 5 years old. She had many sensory issues that caused her so much anxiety and behavior issues. Without her words it was so hard to understand her needs but it turns out that a parent's intuition and heart lead you in the right direction. Once she found words I was able to understand more fully her behaviors. It turns out that we were doing the right thing all along by giving her space to be herself, letting her take breaks from the environment/situations when needed, letting her explore on her own and introducing new situations slowly. When Cooper struggles you are right to just believe him because the world is “Too loud. Too bright. Too smelly. Too chaotic.” As you continue to navigate through autism, always remember you are Cooper's best advocate and always fight for his needs. You know him better than anyone else. Thank you for sharing your story and Cooper with all of us.
Wonderful words. My 4 y/o Grandson is autistic and he is so similar to Cooper. You have helped me to learm more than anything else on how to navigate his growth. He is so special
It's fantastic that you follow your son's lead and give space even when you don't understand what is motivating his behaviour. As a mom who is autistic, I don't always understand my son's needs because he and I are different though we share some traits. Openness and empathy go a long way 🥰 i try to share this lens on my own substack which will hopefully bridge the chasm between caregivers and autistic adults.
Thank you for sharing. Your emails always help me. 🥰