Autism sucks sometimes. One of those times is when you start to lose your circle of friends. It’s not their fault really. They just don’t understand your struggles and you start talking another language. One with a whole lot of acronyms that regular moms don’t know or understand like ot/pt, sensory issues, RDI, GFCF, etc. Plus, you are literally worn out from all the appts that you don’t make time to nurture the friendships like you should. No one is at fault. It’s just a fact of life with a child with autism.
Enter the Internet. You join groups to cull information that you can use to help your child. You make friends with people that speak your language. You ask questions as you help others. You rejoice in their victories and you cry with them during their trials. You pray for them and with them just like they were your next door neighbor. You are friends even if you never lay eyes on them.
This past weekend, I got the pleasure of meeting a very good online friend. She opened her home to my husband and my parents and I like we had known her all our lives. I have rejoiced with her over the past year in the birth of her new baby and prayed for her family as they struggle with autism like me. I ask her advice on life issues and bounce RDI ideas off her all the time. I admire her tenacity in working with her non verbal 10 yr old son. Her blog posts about using a new program to enable him to speak are enlightening even though Logan talks , albeit way too much.
Thanks for opening your home to me! We had a great time and wish that you would get stationed in Tampa so that we could hang out more. I could have stayed up all night chatting with you and your wonderful husband! God has blessed me with fantastic friends , both online and in real life!
Oh, and Gamer Guy had fun too! lol