Today is the last day of the “Autism is . . .” series, but Autism Awareness Month isn’t over yet! There are still giveaways running, more posts to come, and a couple of brand new giveaways going up before the month ends. To get all the details, visit the Autism Awareness Month landing page.
As I prepared to write my post to profile Princess Roo, I had several things in mind. I intended to share her love of all things pink, purple, and princess. I wanted to share her passion for art and fashion. I was going to share her enjoyment of dance and Disney Channel sitcoms.
Then my husband got some disappointing and frustrating news at work that will impact us financially. And I’ve spent the past two weeks praying with the girls and talking to them about some unbecoming attitudes and character traits I’m seeing in them. (That added to Princess Roo’s usual challenges has stretched me to my limits!) Because of those, my attitude has soured, which doesn’t help the situation, so I’m having to work on mine too! My older daughter was on crutches last week, and this week Princess Roo fell and hurt her wrist, which will be in a splint for at least a week.
My plans for Princess Roo’s “Autism is . . .” profile changed.
Autism is . . . Hope
That’s right. Even when life is frustrating and disappointing, even with a meltdown that lasts hours over a math lesson, even with multiple therapy appointments a week, with communication issues and lack of eye contact, I am filled with hope.
- Because of my faith in God and His Word, I am filled with hope.
- When I realize that some of Princess Roo’s obsessions can become marketable job skills, I am filled with hope.
- When I remember how bad the meltdowns used to be and see her using the skills she has learned in counseling and therapy to handle her anger more productively, I am filled with hope.
- When she spends her own money to buy beginner reader books because she’s confident in her ability to read them, I am filled with hope.
- When Princess Roo can add and subtract two-digit numbers with renaming, I am filled with hope.
- When Princess Roo holds my gaze a second longer than she normally can, I am filled with hope.
- When I see her writing in her notebook and drawing pictures to express the emotions she can’t find words for, I am filled with hope.
I could keep going with this list, but I think you get the picture. As I look to where we were and where we are now, I can see the possibilities of where we might go. We still have obstacles to overcome and there are areas she may always struggle in, but I am filled with hope in the future promised in Jeremiah 29:11.
Autism is . . . hope.
For more of my perspective on autism, check out these posts:
- Autism is . . . Bubble Baths and Weighted Blankets
- Dear Mom Who is Homeschooling a Child with Autism
For more information and giveaways of great products for Autism Awareness Month, please visit the landing page by clicking the graphic below: