A year after our child was given an ASD diagnosis, the word "Autism" still burns my tongue. It is a difficult word to say, but an even harder reality to come to terms with. There have been many positive lessons learned in 2013, which have been accompanied by many difficulties.
When you have a "special" child you automatically become a "special" parent. Some parents will say that their children's autism has given meaning to their lives. That it unlocked a new-found spirituality within them. Not us. Not yet. Our child's autism has not added any sense of purpose to our lives.
Everybody deserves to have friends, a person or people who love and care about them. For a special needs child, this can be the biggest challenge of all.