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Friday, November 21, 2014

5 More Reasons I am Thankful for Autism

Last year I shared with you 10 reasons I am thankful for autism. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I looked back over my original list, and discovered that there are even more things I can add to it. This is not to say that autism is always a piece of cake, but I do believe that looking for the joy in any situation will increase joy...while focusing on the negative will only make things harder. And my quirky, funny, sweet child gives me plenty to be thankful for every day.

Here are 5 more reasons I am thankful for autism:

1. The countless ways in which my son surprises me on a daily basis. I never know what's going to come out of his mouth, what unexpected idea might pop out of his head, or what silly thing he might do next. Recently he surprised me by remembering something I had read to him in clear detail, even though I had thought he wasn't even listening. One thing is for certain: there is never a dull moment with him around!

2. Autism breaks down barriers between different types of people. Young, old, rich, poor, Asian, African-American, white, public school family, homeschool family, private school family, religious, not religious, outgoing, introverted...none of these differences matter in the world of autism. Being an autism parent is a unique commonality that supersedes the typical divisions in our society. And that's pretty cool.

3. Autism has led my husband and me down paths we never would have expected. If it weren't for our son's autism, my husband would never have ended up working at First In Families. Having the opportunity to serve others on a daily basis is the most fulfilling work he has ever done, and we owe it all to autism. I am going to take a moment now to make a shameless plug asking for support of FIF on Communigift - please consider adopting a local family affected by disabilities this holiday season!

My favorite Thanksgiving printable this year. Download it for free here.

4. My son has an ah-mazing teacher, and thanks to his particular needs, I've gotten to know her much more than I otherwise would have. When you have to spend extra time at school addressing your child's needs, you get to know the staff a lot better than many parents do. And when your child is blessed with a teacher like ours this year, that is truly something to be thankful for!

5. One thing I have discovered is that I love sharing resources with people, whether it is in person, by email, on the phone, or here in this blog. It gives me great joy to be able to point someone to the one thing they have been looking for. That is the entire purpose here at CHART, and I feel very fortunate to have a chance to share the resources I have found with a wider audience. And I am also grateful for the many people who share what they know with me, expressly so I can share it with all of you.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Please share in the comments below!

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