Autism is something you have to try to deal with that others must find understanding with. Unless someone is severely autistic, it is not always obvious they are.
For those of us with autism, there is no denial that we deal with autism. What is needed from others is understanding, and a different mindset.
I was listening to a podcast recently of a family whose daughter was recently diagnosed with autism. In the beginning her family were trying to fix her, but the more they learned about her autism, they knew she could never be fixed.
Months on, her family’s attitude have changed and they are all on board, happy to take up the gauntlet to help her grow and thrive with autism and to learn how they can all play their part to help her.
Those of us with autism will never go through the stages of grief, denial, anger or sadness, all we unconsciously know is that we struggle mentally and emotionally.
But what is needed is patience, understanding, empathy, a six sense of how others can help us. It’s not always easy to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, to see the world from their mindset, but having empathy is a good place to start.