A is for ACCEPTANCE.
Acceptance is defined as: “a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest, or exit” – Wikipedia.
Seems like such a gloomy word/definition, but it isn’t or at least it doesn’t have to be, it can be a beacon in the darkness for many. We should accept our children for who they are and what they are capable of. We should love them unconditionally and remind them that it is okay to be different. We should always try to view their strengths and weaknesses in a realistic manner. Then we can get to work. Although our children know acceptance, and that they do not need to be fixed or changed, they should also know there is always room for improvement. So we can play, laugh, do “crazy” things, or just relax and cuddle. All the time we are engaging our children in any type of activity, we are teaching them how to build on their strengths. We should recognize their limitations, but give them gentle little pushes outside their comfort zone, so that they may learn and grow. Sometimes these pushes may have positive results, and sometimes they won’t. When they don’t we should try to examine why that particular method didn’t work for us, then we can go back to the drawing board and come up with a new one. All the while telling and showing our children that we know its hard, frustrating and sometimes just makes us sad. Although, we all have bad days, and its okay to feel the way you feel, don’t let that emotion takeover for too long, but find a way to help yourself feel better. Always find a way to help yourself be happy and proud, smile and show the world your pearly whites.
Acceptance “Our Way” is defined as: “Love them for who they are, be proud of them and all their accomplishments, assist them in their learning and growth so they can be the best person they can be.”
Autism Proud – Journey With Us – by Jest Tu Positive by Dorothy Stronglove is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.