Hi! My name is Quante Jones, this is my wife Santayja, our daughter Takiyah, and our son Kam, he has Autism
We as a family live a normal life like most families, but sometimes it can get difficult because we have to pay Kam more attention and try to cope with our busy schedule's to get him the help that he needs on a daily basis.
As his older sister, I have to get used to it because he's my brother. I mean it's embarrassing to be around him sometimes but it's not his fault. I have to adjust to what he likes and everything else to make him feel happier. I also have to watch him more to make sure he doesn't get himself hurt, because he needs a lot of attention.
As his mother and father, of course we were overwhelmed and sad because what parent wants to find out their child has Autism?
Throughout his childhood we had to learn more about his disability, and take him special places and get him special help, since he will not learn at the same rate as the other children.
As his parents we didn't know that he was Autistic but then, we figured it out when he was 4. He was really socially awkward, he had verbal communication problems, and he had rigid and repetitive behavior.
Understand why your child is objecting to the outing, Don't take it personal, & Reach out to others who can truly help you and your child as well.
For a child with Autism you should always, Be kind but firm in your expectations of their behavior, Consider using a reward system to encourage them to cooperate.
Learning all you can about the disorder, and where to get help, will ease your fear and confusion. It can also provide the tools you need to find the support that children with autism,and you, really need.
Fairness is very important to a child with Autism, as well as understanding why we do what we do.
So remember that they do best with clear cut rules and expectations.