Education is Power…

Today I would like to share some insight, into one
of the most powerful tools that exists within each one us.

We just need to be open to using it in the most valuable way.

Throughout life we all learn from being educated by our parents, family, friends, teachers, society, media, movies and the list continues. All the education we gain is what creates our understanding and values that we develop over time. The issue with this is it does not prepare us or people in our communities for the variation of situations that we can be exposed to throughout life…

Having our child diagnosed with Autism I know hits many people really hard as it is not something that you plan for and often we have no idea what is ahead unless we have been exposed to this previously. We soon start to see our perceptions of life changing as that child screaming in the shops is ours. The child that won’t eat certain foods is ours. The child that does not sleep is ours… All these situations that we may or may not have come across are now a reality in our world and we soon discover that all children that we may pass or connect with may have individual needs of their own that we did not truly understand or know about before we began our journey.

Freedom - EducationAs obstacles present in our children we invest time in gaining knowledge and education where we can, learning that not all information is ideal for every child as they are all unique and have their own individuals needs.  As if often said ‘when you have met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism’. The traits may be similar but there is no one child that presents the same creating chaos for many on this journey… We learn to understand this and with time comes the acceptance that all situations will vary and over time we will find what works for our child.

In the meantime we will be out in our communities and this is when things change as we feel people may be judging and/or criticising how we manage situations that arise causing us to maybe feel guilt, failure, hopelessness, anger and frustration, when we shouldn’t. With this we need to consider is this what people are doing or are we assuming this is what they are doing and in either situation allowing these thoughts to consume you rather than being you.  Now to explain both of these further…

When people are observing and sharing their views their is often more to this than we consider at the time. Their ideas and perceptions have come from past experiences, what others have shared, media and movies, which we all know do not always give the portrayal of everyone’s situation. No different than us prior to our children having an Autism Diagnosis. This leaves people feeling unsure of what to do or say and yes some things may not be said in a timely way due to the way we are feeling at the time. Being mindful also people who do not show compassion, often need this themselves…

Now our response to these people is often natural to be infuriated and angry as they are not the one in our position and that is exactly it – they may have no idea of how it feels to have a child that melts down in the middle of a shopping centre which is why education is so powerful.  By sharing they may like to google Autism as this is what your child lives with daily, which impacts the way he/she copes in so many ways and you are trying to do the best you can to survive in this moment is planting a seed for everyone Living Life On The Spectrum…Together-DifferenceIts about honouring you for the great job that you do and not doubting your ability to do the best you can in any given situation. By sharing this with your community we are planting seeds not only for our children but for everyone on this journey and in doing so we can continue to build the acceptance and inclusion of all children, teenagers and adults that are living life on the spectrum… We will then begin to open new doors for everyone to see that education comes in many forms and that there is many people in all communities that are living with Autism even though they may have not been aware…

Starting today lets all embrace the value we have within to educate others within our communities about our experiences and in doing so we will begin to increase the acceptance and inclusion we would all like to see exist not just in our own communities but also throughout the world no matter where anyone lives…

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