Wednesday, 16 March 2016

#WonderfulWednesday: The one with the A word

My Wonderful Wednesday share this week is from 'Random Thoughts from a Random Woman' called 'The one with the A word' about receiving an autism diagnosis for her son.

It's a common thing to post about, but I'm sharing it for two reasons.  Firstly, it caught my attention because it's less than a week until BBC's 'The A Word' comes out.  We have known both our boys are autistic since before they were four years old but it won't be long until at least one of them is also aware of the A word too. Secondly, and more importantly, there's nothing like this on my blog.

I started blogging quite a few years after our kids diagnoses. I'd come to terms with their condition and most of my blogging is about overcoming challenges, things that help and heart felt achievements.  This post from 'Random Thoughts from a Random Woman' gives a lovely example of what that first period after an autism diagnosis can be like. Every parent and person feels differently about the diagnosis.  Some parents and people may have fought for a diagnosis, waiting months in some cases.  Others are scared of it. Either way, being nervous about it all is completely normal.

We have found having a diagnosis for our kids is very beneficial.  We've been better able to access services for example.  Our boys aren't any different because of the diagnosis.  Indeed, most of all it has helped us understand them and soon it may help them understand themselves.

Links
Our blog - Without an ASD diagnosis we would not...
Our blog - What is there had been an autism screening? Would I still have had my kids?
Our blog - How autism is like the new courtesy car

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