Specific Parenting Techniques for Children and Teens with ASD Level 1

What My Autistic Child Taught Me About Emotional Intelligence

 From Angie B., a mother of a child with ASD Level 1:

Welcome to my story where I want to share with you an incredible journey. It's a story about what my autistic child taught me about emotional intelligence. As parents, we often think that we are the ones teaching our children, but sometimes, it's the other way around. And that's exactly what happened to me.

When my child was diagnosed with autism, it was a moment that turned my world upside down. I had so many questions and concerns about how to support my child's development. Little did I know that this journey would also teach me things about emotional intelligence that I never expected. It truly opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on understanding and connecting with others.

One of the first things I noticed about my child was their unique way of expressing emotions. While neurotypical children might show their feelings through facial expressions or verbal cues, my child had a different approach. They taught me that emotions can be felt and expressed in various ways, and it's our role as parents to understand and support them in their own unique journey.

Through my child's experiences, I realized the immense power of empathy. Autistic individuals often face challenges in understanding the emotions of others, but they also have an incredible capacity for empathy once they find a connection. Witnessing my child's empathetic nature and their ability to relate to others on a deep emotional level taught me the true meaning of compassion.

Autistic individuals are often portrayed as being aloof or insensitive, but my child showed me a different reality. They taught me that autistic individuals can be incredibly sensitive souls, deeply impacted by the world around them. I learned to embrace their sensitivity and create a nurturing environment that allows them to thrive.

Autistic individuals often thrive in a structured environment with routines. Witnessing the beauty and comfort my child found in routine opened my eyes to the importance of stability and predictability. It taught me that having a clear structure can benefit not only autistic individuals but everyone in dealing with the ups and downs of life.

One of the most valuable lessons my child taught me is the importance of honesty and authenticity. Autistic individuals often communicate with unfiltered honesty, and my child's sincere and direct approach has inspired me to embrace vulnerability and express myself authentically. Their ability to cut through societal norms and be true to themselves is truly remarkable.

Autistic individuals often have a unique ability to focus intensely on specific interests or tasks. Witnessing my child's unwavering focus taught me the power of immersing oneself in what brings joy and passion. It reminded me to prioritize my own interests and invest my time and energy in things that truly matter to me.

Above all, my child taught me the invaluable lesson of unconditional love and acceptance. No matter what challenges they face, they radiate love and have taught me to embrace diversity in all its forms. They have shown me that true acceptance and inclusion go beyond societal expectations, and it's about celebrating and loving each other for who we truly are.

Through my journey with my autistic child, I have learned how to strengthen connections with others. By embracing their uniqueness and honoring their perspectives, I have become a better listener, a more patient friend, and a more empathetic person. They have taught me that true connections are built upon understanding, acceptance, and embracing the beauty of diversity.

Every day, I am filled with admiration and gratitude for the lessons my child has taught me. Their resilience, courage, and unwavering spirit inspire me to be a better person. I am forever grateful for the transformative journey we have embarked on together, and for the incredible impact it has had on my own emotional intelligence.

As a parent of an autistic child, I have taken on the role of an advocate and an educator. I am passionate about raising awareness, promoting understanding, and advocating for the rights and inclusion of autistic individuals in our society. My child's journey has ignited a fire within me to create a more inclusive and accepting world for everyone.

My journey with my autistic child is an ongoing one, and I continue to learn and grow every day. Their ever-evolving perspective and unique way of navigating the world inspire me to be a lifelong learner. I am committed to expanding my knowledge and understanding of autism to provide the best support and advocate effectively for my child and others.

In summary, the journey with my autistic child has been a profound and transformative experience. It has taught me valuable lessons about emotional intelligence, empathy, acceptance, and love. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow alongside my child and to share this incredible journey with you.


Here’s my list of "the positives" associated with ASD:

1. Increased attention to detail and ability to focus: Individuals with ASD often have a heightened ability to focus on details and maintain their attention for longer periods of time.

2. Excellent memory skills: People with ASD tend to have excellent memory skills, particularly for information that interests them.

3. Unique creativity: They have unique and creative thinking patterns, often coming up with novel and innovative ideas.

4. Enhanced problem-solving abilities: They often have strong problem-solving abilities, thanks to their ability to think logically and systematically.

5. Honesty and straightforwardness: People with ASD tend to be very honest and straightforward, which can be a refreshing change in a world where many people are not.

6. Loyal and dependable: Once someone with ASD forms a connection or friendship, they are often very loyal and dependable.

7. Strong sense of justice: They often have a strong sense of justice and fairness, and are quick to speak up when they see something they perceive as unjust or unfair.

It's important to recognize and celebrate these strengths and abilities, as well as the challenges that people with ASD may face.


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