Autism Acceptance Month and World Autism Awareness Day
April is Autism Acceptance Month, and today is World Autism Awareness Day! Join us as we share insights from a few of our stylists whose lives have been affected by autism.
Alderwood stylist Stacy:
My 4 year old son Ryker was diagnosed with autism 3 months shy of his 3rd birthday. I didn’t know much about autism at the time, I just knew it affected social interactions.
My life has changed tremendously since the diagnosis. The knowledge I have gained and the patience I have learned for the sake of my son has been eye opening. Through learning how to advocate for his needs and educate those around us, I truly feel better for being his mom!
I wish more people knew that every individual with autism is different! Just like typically developing/developed people, they have strength and weaknesses. They just see the world differently, and process information in different ways.
Snohomish stylist Katie:
Bennett, my 14 year old son, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. I didn’t really know much about autism before the diagnosis – I had heard the word used before but had no idea what it was.
Our lives have completely changed since the diagnosis. I feel like it has changed the way I look at life and people in a good way. I can relate more to people and have found that life isn’t just about making varsity sports or getting straight A’s. For us, it’s more about the little wins. Bennett has a huge, kind heart with the most sincere soul.
I wish people could understand that autism doesn’t always look the same. It affects each child and family different. These kids just see the world in a different way. They are just as sweet and just as smart it just looks a little different than the “typical child”. We have created a cookie cutter world in which these kiddos don’t fit, and I wish we could be more adapting to them instead of making them adapt to us. I have learned so much about patience and gratitude and parenting throughout this journey. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Every day is different and can be a struggle, but in the end it makes us stronger!!
Check out the following websites for more information on Autism Acceptance and Awareness:
CDC: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Autism Acceptance Month
Autism Awareness Day
M-CHAT Free Autism Screening Test