Growing up I thought autism was just for folks like Rain Man, but my friends helped me realize that autism is a spectrum.
I am proud of the fact that I pushed and continued to push for her autism evaluation, as this is where all the validation in the world has erased the sting of judgment from strangers.
People should stop assuming things about my autistic child.
My six-year-old son fired his therapist. “Michael just told Carla she’s not coming back next week,” my iPhone displayed. I’d just arrived to an appointment with my own counselor, ready to talk about how I’d just survived one of the most difficult weeks in the entire history of my being, and was overtaken with thoughts of my autistic child breaking this news to someone 30 years his senior.