Don't Let Labels Define Your Autistic Child
Synopsis: Applying a label to our autistic children can cause limiting beliefs to be set in our minds. Applying a label to our children, whether autistic or otherwise, can be one of the most dangerous things we can do as parents. Instead, we should help our children be themselves. Whatever that means. As much as possible, we should allow our children to lead us, show us their abilities, and go from there.
- Autistic means of, relating to, or marked by autism or an autism spectrum disorder. Autistic people may: find it hard to communicate and interact with others, find it hard to understand how people think or feel, find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful, or uncomfortable, and get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events, take longer to understand information, or do or think the same things over and over.
It can be easy when we have a special needs child to apply a label and use that as justification for anything they do differently from other children. But applying a label to our children, whether autistic or otherwise, can be one of the most dangerous things we can do as parents.
That's not to say we deny our child is autistic, it simply means we do not define them by their disability. We define them by their behaviors, mannerisms, and everything that truly makes them them.
Applying a label to our autistic children can cause limiting beliefs in our minds. As parents, we can begin in the back of our mind to believe because our child has that label, they will only be able to do so much.
Instead, we should help our children be themselves. Whatever that means. We should allow our children to lead, show us their abilities, and go from there as much as possible.
One of the ways we can do this is floor play.
Get down to their level, allow them to lead you instead of you leading them. Let them bring you into their world instead of forcing them to be in ours. The more we allow them to allow us to get to know them, the better we will be able to understand and help them grow.
Labels end up defining them and limiting them.
Loving them and being led by them is much more likely to help your child than defining them by an illness or label.
Any disability or disease can affect how someone learns and lives, but our importance on the label can be detrimental to all. Instead, allow your child to be themselves and help them in any way you can with the knowledge that they have the disability but are not the disability.
Autism doesn't mean you're child cannot live a healthy, happy life. It simply means that they do not live it the same way as we do and by the same terms. By being loving, caring, and supportive, we can help them live the best life possible without defining them by the terms of a label. Please do not assume that we shouldn't admit they have autism, simply that they are children, not autism.
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