Day 22. Talk about autism parents. How do you feel about this section of the community? Do you feel as if they speak over you? Do you find the term ‘autism parent’ rude or offensive?
I believe that autism parents have one of the hardest jobs in the world, parenting is difficult when your child conforms to all the stereotypical children that you find in parenting books. But when your child is autistic, neurotypical parenting books are not that helpful.
Neurotypical children have tantrums, but autistic children can have meltdowns over the littlest things. If autism parents can adapt and learn to help their children through these meltdowns then my “imaginary” hat goes off to them.
I don’t feel as if autism parents speak over me. Although his could be due to me not really having much communication with them.
I don’t find the term “autism parents” rude or offensive. Its a label that enables a group of people to come together, share stories, and learn to grow as parents and do their best to raise their autistic children in the best way possible.
I apologise that there has been such a huge gap in between Day 20 and Day 21. But my life has been a little mental since the last time I’ve posted on here. I know that it was only meant to be a thing done in April, but seeing as I started, I should probably finish the series.
Day 21. Talk about co-morbid conditions. Do you have any other disorders commonly related to autism? Were you misdiagnosed as something else first?
Co-morbid? That’s not an attractive word. I think I was one of the lucky ones who wasn’t misdiagnosed as a child. Or I don’t believe I have any of the conditions that are commonly referred to as co-morbid conditions of autism/aspergers.
What I do have is some conditions that are made worse for me because of my autism.
I have hayfever, which is pretty much being allergic to the outdoors. This makes my natural anxiety of being outdoors even worse in the summer. I find it very hard to fit in and act in a neurotypically acceptable fashion when my entire face itches. When the pollen count is high, my public face goes right out the window. It literally leaks outta me. I stim more when the pollen is high, and just touching my skin can send me into a meltdown.
I also suffer from Insomnia. This makes it very difficult for me to sleep. Sometimes I’ll go whole days with only a few hours kip in my system. This is where my grip on reality can start getting shaken, I just walk around in a daze not really awake or not really asleep. I hear things that haven’t been said, I see things that aren’t really there, and the ringing in my ears becomes a constant loud hum. The louder the ringing becomes the harder it becomes for me to sleep, and it becomes a vicious circle.