K is for KNOWLEDGE.
Knowledge is defined as: “a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); and it can be more or less formal or systematic.” – Wikipedia
We are all filled with knowledge. We possess knowledge about everyone and everything we come in contact with. The ability to acquire knowledge is not the issue; the issue is the ability to use that knowledge in a constructive and positive manner to build a wonderful life, and perhaps even touch a few others in the process. All it takes is to find your passion, follow your heart and apply your knowledge, and then the world becomes a place of wonder filled with endless possibilities. In the words of Steve Droke: “Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch.”
I love to read, and feel like there is always something new to learn. When our daughter was diagnosed with Autistic Disorder, I began reading everything I could get my hands on. There are some amazing resources out there that have really helped steer us in the right direction. Unfortunately, there are also some very scary “resources” out there that spread misinformation and intolerance. As with anything in life, and especially on the internet, you must consider the source and always question the motives behind the piece. Unfortunately, I have found many sites that allow their personal beliefs and agenda to cloud the information they provide, therefore scaring and hurting more people than helping them. So please be careful out there, and if something doesn’t sit right with you, ask questions of those in the field. My number one rule is that if they can’t substantiate their claims with evidence-based data, that I can access and read myself, then I discard the information they are offering.
As appreciative as we are for all the good resources available, one thing has become VERY clear and that is there is no book or person that can tell us exactly how to help our children. We must figure that out on our own by collecting as much knowledge as possible about them. Our children are our best teachers, for even if they cannot communicate it, they know what their bodies need. Observing and noting the cues they give us, will allow us all the knowledge we need to assist our children in reaching their God-given potential, which will hopefully provide them with the tools they need, to navigate the world in the most independent, confident manner possible.
Knowledge, “Our Way” is defined as: “The information, feelings and skills we acquire as we walk the many different paths of life’s journey; it is the key to improving our world and helping our children build happy, healthy, au-some lives.”
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.