Autism Awareness Month is mostly focused on the children/adults with Autism. Often forgotten are the mothers, fathers, family and caregivers behind the person they love.
I hope thie following article can shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes.
This is not a cry for attention or request for pity. I'm presenting it as more of an explaination. Why is that Mom always late? Why does she look deshelved? Why was she short with me? Why did she forget our lunch and not show up?
No, we don't need sympathy - empathy. There's a big difference.This is from dictionary.com:
"To sum up the differences between the most commonly used meanings of these two terms: sympathy is feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters, while empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of another."
Like it says, please don't feel sorry for me. My child is amazing. Feeling sorry or having pity means there is something wrong. There's nothing wrong, it's just different and a lot more.
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