Autism and ADHD

Autism and ADHD Awareness

I didn’t plan on writing about Autism and ADHD until I learned about World Autism Awareness Day and ADHD Awareness Month. The whole subject brings up years of memories and personal experience raising children with ADHD, a developmental disorder that people do not understand.

While I didn’t raise Autistic children, I know the hardship of fitting the pieces together to get through life with ADHD. Support groups and awareness days were non-existent at that time.

 

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Autism Puzzle Piece European Bead

Autism and ADHD Awareness

Autism Awareness and ADHD or any sort of “developmental disorder” awareness is not just for parents but also for educators and other people in society.

Speaking from the viewpoint of the parent I can tell you that if you suspect your child is different, learn all you can about the disorder. Doctors have a lot of knowledge, but in many cases they don’t know anymore than you do. So educate yourself on everything.

The same goes for teachers. Regular education teachers are not as well equipped to deal with Autistic children or children with ADHD. Teachers are people just like anyone else and can become annoyed or judge a child without getting to the root of the problem.

The sobering fact is that most people don’t know a thing about any of these developmental disorders and are highly judgmental toward the child and the parents.

The next time you see a child throwing a fit in public, running around in circles or knocking things over, don’t judge the parent or the child, say a prayer for them instead because you don’t know what they might be going through.

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Autism Puzzle Piece Charm with Swarovski Crystal

Struggling through daily life

If you are struggling through daily life with a child who is Autistic, ADHD, etc. let me tell you that the road is rough. Sometimes it is hard to fit all the pieces together, but you will get through it.

Always remind yourself of these few things:

  1. God gave you this child because you are strong enough to handle it
  2. Take it one day at a time
  3. Stay in the present. Don’t look too far ahead or too far back, it is all overwhelming
  4. Try to find a support group or someone to confide in and bounce off your frustrations
  5. Take time for yourself whenever you can, you need renewal of energy
  6. Get out of the house. It is very easy to become secluded and home-bound because simply going to dinner or to the grocery store is a traumatic event. Try not to let that happen, and also realize that the child, even with his or her disorder, still needs to learn to behave in public.

Keeping in focus

Parents and educators (both the regular and the special education teacher) need to always keep in focus: to love and educate the child. I know it’s hard sometimes, but the reward at the end is immense.

The most rewarding day of my life was seeing my sons graduate from High School, no one really knew how hard it was to get to that moment. But I did.

4 thoughts on “Autism and ADHD Awareness”

  1. OMG thank you so much for writing and posting this! I have to admit I skipped a few parts because it is a very emotional topic for me since my brother was diagnosed, and growing up with his diagnosis was very difficult. I know what you went through and I applaud you.
    I know that the day my brother graduated was very rewarding for my mother and I, his school let him speak (it was a small private school) and the tears of joy that we shed that day made our long and tough journey worth it!
    I will share your blog and hope you have an amazing World Autism Awareness Day! <3

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, it is an emotional topic and so happy for your brother and your family making it to graduation too! It is my hope that someone will read this and be encouraged by our words!

  2. Gari, another very poignant piece. Thank you. I am going to post this on my personal FB page, since there are many in my family and acquaintances who can benefit from this. I do not know if anyone knows the pain of these issues quite like a mother does. The sense of protection a mother feels toward her children is so strong, and the agony, grief and powerlessness can also seems to overwhelm. I am so very glad that these issues are now being talked about. As a mom and grandmother who has seen this struggle up-close-and-personal, I would love to see no child ridiculed, rejected or mistreated for the hand they have simply been dealt in life. Learning all we can to help those we love is mandatory!

    1. Sue,
      Thank you so much for your comments, and I do hope what I have said benefits anyone who reads it. I remember how alone I felt back then, not too many people who understood. My heart goes out to anyone going through this!!

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