Giving Thanks in the Face of Autism

For many parents of children of autism, much of their year is fraught with frustration, setbacks, disappointments and letdowns. Dealing with autism can be an emotionally draining experience, but as we learn to cope and manage with our child’s condition, we can also come to realize that we have much to be thankful for, particularly on a day like today.

Every life is a gift and in that gift are the special treasures, giftings and unique characteristics that make individuals with autism so very special.

When our child was officially diagnosed with autism at the age of three, our world came crashing down. The depression, anger and despair we felt at the time were too overwhelming to put into words. As a family, like so many others like us, we went through the "why me?" phase, shaking our faith to the core in the process.

However, as the years have passed, we’ve seen our now-nine-year-old son grow into an incredibly talented and gifted individual. He may not be "normal" by society’s standards, but he is an amazing and bright young man and if given the chance, I would not change a hair on his head.

This Thanksgiving, it’s our hope that all parents who have been touched by autism can truly see through the obstacles and challenges and realize that our children are unique and special in their own way and it’s those qualities that help make the world a better place. Craig Nicholls, John E. Robison, James Durbin, Tim Burton, Daniel Tammet and Jacob Barnett (and many, many others) are all individuals on the autism spectrum that testify to this truth.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Important Disclaimer

All information in this site is presented for support and educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for medical treatment or visiting a licensed medical physician.

Visitors who desire to apply or use any information listed herein are urged to consult with licensed healthcare professionals first. All information is deemed reliable but its accuracy can't be guaranteed.

Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

RSS Latest Article Entries

  • Pioneers of Change: How Two Mothers are Making a Difference August 16, 2014
    Out of the enormous tragedy that is Sandy Hook, rays of light are shining forth. Scarlett Lewis is the mother of Jesse Lewis, a six year old victim of the massacre. Moved by the words “Nurturing, Healing, Love” that her son wrote on a blackboard days before his death, she has created the the Jesse […]

Home - Autism Symptoms - Autism Videos - Autism Organizations - Autism Message Boards - Articles - Autism Recipes - Hyperlexia - Fragile X - Tag Cloud - AQ Test - Contact