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An Interview with an Autism Parent: Week 8

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 Kim Mastrofine . Here is her story:

 

What were the first signs/symptoms you child has Autism?

Speech delay
Lining up his toys
Sound sensitivity
Tip toe walking
Food aversions
Insomnia
Meltdowns

 

What was your first reaction to your child’s “Autism” diagnosis?

Nervous, overwhelming, scared, confusedValidation of what I already assumed. I recently moved to a new state and felt like a fish out of the water trying to learn where and who to go to for him to receive the necessary services for him to start getting the help he needed.

 

If you could give one piece of advice to another parent what would it be?

Allow your child to be themselves 💙

 

What is one of the hardest parts about being a parent of an Autistic child?

Feeling helpless when your child is having a hard day!

 

What is one the most rewarding part about being a parent?

Seeing my child grow at his own pace!

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