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10 Inspirational Quotes for Autism Parents

When Norrin was first diagnosed with autism, very few people could provide advice, but everyone tried to offer words of comfort. If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” or, “God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle,” then I’d never have to worry about paying out of pocket for ABA therapy ever again.

I know. I know people meant well, but it was hard. I had too many questions and filled with too much uncertainty, to accept what people were saying. Neither of those sayings gave me the peace or the insight I needed.

Two years ago, I was provided with a review copy of  Awesome Autism Quotes: Inspiration, Humor & Reflections by Margaret “Pegi” Price. The book features 135 quotes. After each quote, Price explains how it can be applied to autism. Price also provided space for the reader to insert their own personal reflections or experiences. I remember wishing I had read it during those first few weeks Norrin after was diagnosed.

And on days when I need to really put things in perspective, I  return to Price’s book. And since this is Autism Awareness Month, I thought I’d share my top ten favorite Awesome Autism Quotes with you.

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  • April is Autism Awareness Month 1 of 11
    April is Autism Awareness Month
    Click through to read some of the quotes that inspire me. Hope they inspire you too!
  • When Our Kids Get Diagnosed 2 of 11
    When Our Kids Get Diagnosed
    Norrin was diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old. At the time, all I could see was how delayed Norrin was - I couldn't see the possibilities of progress. He has come such a long way in the last five years, I know he will continue doing so.
  • Finding Peace 3 of 11
    Finding Peace
    I was so angry after Norrin was diagnosed. It was too easy to blame myself. Once I made peace with myself, once I knew it wasn't my fault, I began to accept autism.
  • It Will Take Work 4 of 11
    It Will Take Work
    When you have a child with a disability, you cannot afford to sit back and relax. You have to be prepared to advocate at all times. You have to be willing to put in the work. You need to be persistent and consistent.
  • You Will Have a New Appreciation for Simple Acts of Kindness 5 of 11
    You Will Have a New Appreciation for Simple Acts of Kindness
    When a stranger smiles while my son is having a public melt down or when kid plays a game of tag with Norrin - I am so grateful. And on the bad days - when people stare and when kids walk away, I think of those simple acts of kindness and know that it is possible.
  • Making Progress, Meeting Milestones 6 of 11
    Making Progress, Meeting Milestones
    I no longer pay attention to time tables when it comes to Norrin. We go at our own pace and continue to work moving forward.
  • Do Not Let a Day Pass Without Sharing a Special Moment 7 of 11
    Do Not Let a Day Pass Without Sharing a Special Moment
    The other day, Norrin asked me to dance. Needless to say, I stopped what I was doing to dance. We danced "right and left" a few steps and Norrin was done. It was such a special moment. You don't have to dance - but sometimes it takes a really small thing to feel a really big connection.
  • Trial and Error 8 of 11
    Trial and Error
    Raising a kid with autism, there will be a lot of trial and error. Sometimes you will succeed, other times you will fail. It's okay. Do not be afraid to try something out of fear of failure. Trying new things is the only way you and your child will learn.
  • You Need to Laugh 9 of 11
    You Need to Laugh
    Laughter is sometimes the best medicine. I don't think I could have made it through these last five years of special needs parenting without my sense of humor.
  • You Can Only Cry for so Long 10 of 11
    You Can Only Cry for so Long
    Even though I had prepared myself for Norrin's diagnosis, it was still devastating. I cried a lot those first few months. But I never allowed my sadness to take over. I knew Norrin needed me. I needed to be strong for him.
  • Go With What Works 11 of 11
    Go With What Works
    When it comes to parenting - everyone has an opinion. And people are quick to judge. Ignore all the negative. If it's right for you, your kid and your family - it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.

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