I work to create support groups and coaching for families who have children on the spectrum. Being an Autism parent myself, I understand the struggles, and obstacles that sometimes may come with parenting a child on the spectrum. I have also recently written a book, #1 Best Selling AU-MAZING GIFT: A Journey to Autism Acceptance.
This past month, I have had the pleasure of interviewing some Au-mazing moms from all over the world to get an idea of what their experiences have been like. I find that when we can connect through each other’s experience, we can also find ways we can help each other.
This week, I spoke with Au-mazing Parent Laura Cody. Here is her story:
What were the first signs/symptoms you child has Autism?
My son John had odd behaviors but we had no other kids. At a little over a year My son Noah looked at us and said momma and dada. John still wasn’t saying that to us just about us. Like dada is over there. No “Hi dada”
What was your first reaction to your child’s “Autism” diagnosis?
I wasn’t surprised at all. I had suspected something was up for a while.
If you could give one piece of advice to another parent what would it be?
Don’t think “Not my Child”. I took my son out of early intervention per my husband’s request. Now my ex-husband and He may have lost a lot of valuable time.
What is one of the hardest parts about being a parent of an Autistic child?
The meltdowns. Having to tread lightly so I don’t make it worse.
What is one the most rewarding part about being a parent?
He still hugs me. I’m not sure a kid at almost 11 off the spectrum would do that. At least not in public. He just doesn’t care.