The title of this blog series is “A Conversation With My Younger Self”. We wondered what parents and providers would say to their younger selves having the wisdom of hindsight and if there might be any words of wisdom our younger selves might have for us today. We begin with providers.
Anita Wright, Speech Pathologist
As a young professional, there was a lot I didn’t know or understand about autism. I should have taken more time to describe to parents the strengths their child exhibited, not just the deficits, not just the worrisome behaviors. I would have helped parents recognize and emphasize the positive aspects of their child and point out how we can build on those strengths to broaden the child’s skills in other areas.
As a parent, I’d remind myself not to be too quick to give up on teaching new things, even when the going seems incredibly slow. Time and persistence on a parent’s part can sometimes bring surprising Read full post »