“The more you know about autism, the more you can accept it.”
I had the privilege of receiving a copy of a book that I sincerely believe every child (and parent) should own. The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism by Ellen Sabin. This book teaches the lifelong lesson ‘everyone is different and that is what makes us all unique and special’.
The AUTISM ACCEPTANCE Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism is an interactive, educational and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. The 62-page spiral-bound book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else's shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.
Their is a lot of information out there that tells you all about autism. You can even Google ‘autism’ and you will find days upon years of material to read and educate yourself from, but in the end there is no amount of time, no amount of professionals, no amount of life experiences that can prepare you as a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a grandparent, or a friend, for autism.
I think I speak on behalf of every parent of a child with autism out there when I say this: While I strongly believe people
should need to educate themselves about autism, I also believe people need to accept autism.
Autism is a growing problem that afflicts thousands of children every year. Children with autism face many challenges and obstacles. These children will have an easier time navigating the world if the people in their lives take the time to understand them better.
Children who do not have autism live in a world full of people who are different from each other in all sorts of ways. It isn't always easy for children to understand and accept people that seem different or behave in ways they find unfamiliar. When children learn more about people with autism, they will be supporting their peers, making new friends, and strengthening their own character.
Let’s embrace being different!
Thanks for reading,