Yes! I am so happy to hear other parents saying, …

Comment on Opting Out of Autism: The Way is Shut by Shawna Ainslie.

Yes! I am so happy to hear other parents saying, “No, he’s not broken. He is wonderful.” I know it’s difficult to change perspective, especially in a culture that the practice is we all conform to one expectation of ability, but compassion is a worthwhile practice. It sounds like you’ve got it down.

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There is so much assumption attached to certain abilities. I had to overcome quite a lot when my son’s younger brother surpassed him in some developmental areas. I was ultimately able to recognize that we all develop at our own pace, but my child is one of the biggest kids his age. Size complicates assumptions from the public as well. It’s a tragedy that we can’t look for the person inside the action. Thank you for sharing your voice here. <3


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I always has to come from love. I make the wrong choice sometimes. We all do. But, like I tell my kids: It’s okay to make a mistake/feel angry/etc. It’s what happens next that counts.


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