January 15, 2015

Some of My Favorite Autism Quotes...With Commentary

Different.  Not Less.
- Temple Grandin
I watched the movie, Temple Grandin, recently. Having a young child with autism, I am very unsure about what the future holds.  I've read her biography, but I was captivated actually watching her story unfold.  I totally held it together...until that last two-and-a-half minutes of the movie.  I burst into tears at her gratefulness to her mother, at all that Temple has accomplished, and at how much was and still is unknown about autism.

It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is required.

- Hans Asperger
People with autism have a unique way of viewing the world. This includes uniquely from others with autism.  It has allowed many people with autism to be very gifted in these fields.  Not every person with autism is a prodigy.  I don't know how many times people have said to me, "I bet he's really smart!"  It's a misconception that all people with autism are prodigies.  As a blanket statement, it's not the case.  Yes, there are some brilliant people with autism who have made major contributions to this world.  But, there are also many people with autism who struggle immensely with the day-to-day.

God created autism to help offset the excessive number of boring people on earth.
Whether or not autism is a blessing is not my intention of sharing this quote!  I have my thoughts on this topic, but they are not for this post.  I love the lightheartedness and humor in this.  Life with autism is anything but boring!  Sometimes you just have to laugh.  Being an autism parent can be hard, but if you never let the humor of it in, you've got a long road ahead of you.

If you think my hands are full…you should see my heart.
Okay, yes.  My hands are full.  I totally admit that.  But, I look at my son and I truly feel like my heart could burst.  I want to take a moment here to express how thankful I am for supportive friends and family.  So many people have been following my story with Brandon, of which I had no idea until two things happened:  First, I started a t-shirt campaign not expecting a huge sale.  I was honestly just hoping I would sell the minimum amount for Booster to even print the shirts for us.  Secondly, is this blog.  The amount of followers I have straight from my personal Facebook page add to my already full heart. 

Autism moms are kinds, nurturing, and loving.  Mess with their kids and they will end you. 
- Autism with a side of fries
TRUTH.  I have great relationships with all of Brandon's therapists and teachers.  I've told all of them though, that I am "that mom."  I want to know everything that's going on.  I tell them I am very involved, will be asking a lot of questions, and giving a lot of updates around what we are doing at home.  This has always been appreciated and applauded by the people that work with him.  If it's not, that is a major red flag to me.

Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.
- Morgan Freeman
The stories I've heard on the news this last year about bullies targeting people with disabilities makes me sick.  Physically ill.  These attacks are truly the lowest display of power.  These words of wisdom don't make this cruelty any easier to accept, but it's a truth that we need to remember, and that we need to teach our children.

If it’s hard to tell that a high functioning autistic child is on the spectrum, pat the parent on the back.  Lots of tears, time, research, repetition, and tantrum battling went into that.
I hope this is us one day.  One a really good day, aside from Brandon being nonverbal, this is us.  People in the autism community are sometimes judged for "not having it as hard" as those whose children are more severe.  We are all struggling.  There's always going to be someone who has it worse than me, and there's always going to be someone who has it better.

It may not make sense to you.
Respect that it makes sense to them
It may not make sense to you.  Respect that it makes sense to them.
I've learned to wait a beat when I tell Brandon to do something before physically prompting him.  I used to think that he needed to react swiftly.  I thought that giving him too much time to react would allow him to run off to do something else or give him the impression that I wasn't very serious.  I thought that would be confusing to him.  I was so wrong.  I learned through experience that sometimes he needs time to finish out whatever was going on in his brain.  There are things I don't understand, and he needs to see it through.  He may need to position his toys in a way that he needs them to be before he can walk away.  He may need to finish an elaborate repetitive behavior that I don't even realize he's doing.  (Brandon's repetitive behaviors are so elaborate that many times I'm not even aware that they are happening.)  He may see something on the way to me, like the trash can lid being open, and he has to close it before he can comply.  The other day he positioned his teachers how he wanted them.  If one of them moved a few inches or sat down, he would "fix" them.  Who knows what was going through his mind...but whatever it was, it made sense to him!

A child with autism is not ignoring you.  They are simply waiting for you to enter their world.
This is my mom's favorite quote.  Nanna is always thinking of ways to enter Brandon's world. She does things with him that she thinks he will enjoy, and is thoughtful with the toys she buys him.  Brandon loves the movie, Tangled.  So, she got online and searched for Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, and Maximus dolls for him.  He always runs and gets when we play the movie.  He engages in pretend play with these toys because they are what interest him.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES?  Whether they are about autism, or life in general, please comment below. :)


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  2. everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it is stupid. (Albert Einstein)

  3. my child is not giving me a hard time, my child is HAVING a hard time.

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    (Elizabeth Edwards)

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