The life of a parent is full of trials and tribulations, as any parent can tell you, however, this is even more so when you have an autistic child. Being a parent of three children, I can honestly tell you that nothing could have prepared me for the brilliance, and sometimes, the stress of being a father to an autistic child.
Having a child with autism has been a revelation in a plethora of different ways. The lessons that each and every single incident brings, often opens up new ways of seeing things, new ways of thinking and new ways of understanding.
It has not been easy, whenever my dear child goes into one of their autistic panic attacks, which can often be violent, we often have to learn on our feet, and the things that helped calm him yesterday will not work today.
Emotionally, it can be both equally rewarding and equally draining. There are times where I have questioned my ability as a parent, and times where I’ve seen myself as the greatest father in the world.
To go into further details would perhaps be a bit to personal at this moment in time, suffice to say it has been an education, and I cannot help but marvel at the sheer brilliance of my little child. There have been many tears shed during the trials and tribulations, and certainly there will be many more to come, but I can honestly say, that it is worth every moment.