The Autism Silver Lining: do you have one?


As thanksgiving is approaching, I would like to focus on gratitude and what I’m thankful for.  In order to do this I want to take you back to thanksgiving 10 years ago.  This was when my son was diagnosed with autism.  I was processing so many emotions and felt like I was drowning in things that I needed to do.  Trying to find time to research things to help my son while pursuing recommendations on things that I had already learned, wondering how we were going to afford the therapy that he needed, juggling the daily demands of life and looking for meaning in my own life was a struggle.

The struggle is real…

I tend to be an optimist and try to find the good (the silver lining) in my surroundings and those around me.  That period in my life was incredibly hard and every autism parent I’ve met can relate to the feelings and emotions that come with an autism diagnosis.  I still have daily struggles but I would like to share what I call “the autism silver lining” and what that means for me.

The autism silver lining…

The autism silver lining could be anything or anyone that came into your life because of autism.   It could be a change in parenting philosophy or general outlook on life.  The autism silver lining may be a shift in your priorities and have even positively impacted the activities that you do, the food that you eat or the people that you spend your time with.

For me, the autism silver lining has taken many forms and affected me in countless ways. One of the greatest ways that it has affected me is the amazing people that have come into my life, people that I never would have met if it weren’t for my son having autism.  I have met people through support groups, in waiting rooms, committed teachers and therapists, amazing parents that are doing incredible things to help not only their child but paving the way for other autism parents.

What’s your autism silver lining?

All of these people have touched my life and inspired me to be the best that I can be and to help other parents on this journey.  Do you have an autism silver lining?  If you do, please share in the comments below, I would love to hear about it.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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4 thoughts on “The Autism Silver Lining: do you have one?

  1. Teri Smyth

    I’m grateful for the success that my son Andrew has achieved.

    He was also diagnosed w autism when he was 3 1/2. He is now 24 and thriving as a college student. He still has trying times with sensory overload and needs time to meditate after class.
    He is also a Taekwondo instructor and a 3rd degree black belt.
    He also achieved the Eagle Scout award.
    He is also a talented musician, pianist and vocal singer and instructor.
    Thank you for writing to help other mom’s out there who need to understand their kids.

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    1. Kat Post author

      Hi Teri! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment about your son. He is a lucky young man to have been raised by a Mom that is truly helping him reach his dreams. I’m inspired by how he is managing his sensory overload through meditation. I find meditation to be essential in my own life as I’m more grounded throughout the day, even when things are going sideways – somehow it helps take the edge off. I hope you both have a Happy Thanksgiving! Best, Kat

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  2. Angela Kim

    I agree about that silver lining. I’m now grateful for every little milestone and achievement however small it is. Heck, even if she doesn’t do anything well I’m still grateful that she is happy and healthy! Having a special needs child definitely has its difficulties but makes you a much more patient, giving and loving parent.

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    1. Kat Post author

      Hi Angela, thank you for stopping by! It’s crazy how much having a special needs child has changed me as a parent. I share your sentiment about being grateful for the smallest achievement and a healthy, happy child. My son has limited communication skills but I can tell when he’s really happy and having a great day, and when he’s thriving and happy, my heart is full.

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