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 Delasber Sanders. Here is her story:
What were the first signs/symptoms you child has Autism?
My first sign was that she had not truly talked by the age of 2.5. I believe that I knew it before because of her inability to engage with me… but, I was in denial.
What was your first reaction to your child’s “Autism” diagnosis?
My first reaction was pure hatred of God and nothing but tears.
If you could give one piece of advice to another parent what would it be?
Breathe and realize that the child you have after the diagnosis is the same child you had before.
What is one of the hardest parts about being a parent of an Autistic child?
One of the hardest parts for me is that no one understands that I need a break.
What is one the most rewarding part about being a parent?
The most rewarding part for me is just knowing that I made this amazing little girl and she is the light in my darkest tunnels of despair.