Letter to the Woman Whose Child was Just Diagnosed with Autism

I’m new on the scene, so I don’t know if this is new-new, or just new to me. That said, here’s an excellent open letter to newbies like me.

You’ve got this. Your kid is not like other kids. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Tap into the unconditional love you felt the second you saw your sweet baby. That feeling of instant recognition coupled with awe and fascination. Be open with your child. Make sure they know they are autistic. Point out ways that it makes them unique. If you doubt yourself or feel fatigued, reach out to the autistic community. Open your eyes and look around. Then look back at your kid. Smile.

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