So, if there is one thing I’ve learned, one little bit of wisdom I could pass on, about being a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum is to celebrate the small stuff.
That’s not to say you don’t celebrate the big achievements, but small achievements need to be encouraged and celebrated too.
Encourage and Celebrate
So, this is something I have learned over the past few years. We need to help and encourage all kids and we need to celebrate achievements. Most of these achievements are usually around being successful at something, like scoring high on a test or winning a race.
However, achievements for our little Mr. are on a less grand scale. At the moment he is still non-verbal, he is delayed and he can find many things more difficult. Even the simple stuff like asking him to do simple things (such as pass me your juice cup) are often a little beyond what he can currently understand – either that or at those times he just doesn’t want to do that.
So, we celebrate the smaller things.
He said up…
So, as an example, we were celebrating a big achievement this week. This may seem trivial for some children who are more high functioning but this week, twice this week (over the weekend), little Mr. came into our room, on Saturday took my wife’s hand (on Sunday he took my hand) and said what sounded ‘up’.
So, again, this may not sound like a massive achievement for some but for a boy who is non-verbal to come into a room, take your hand and say up as an instruction – this is a big achievement.
So, this is something we celebrated. An achievement that shows he has progressed. This is a great example of what I mean when I say celebrate the small achievement. Well, for a non-verbal child, that is more of a larger achievement – but even things which are much simpler tasks are celebrated.
So, that’s my advice…
So, that’s the one bit of advice I would like to pass on, at least for today. Celebrate everything achieved. Don’t look for negatives, always look for the positives.
So, is there any achievements you’d like to share in this post? Any comments or further advice? Please do leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
I recently came across the following quote
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
― Maya Angelou
This is my new goal in life. Not to conform to be normal, but to be amazing and I hope to inspire you to be amazing too.