Whether we’re familiar with autism masking or not, most of us can relate to the desire to fit in. Connecting with other people is a biological instinct intended to support our survival and overall well-being.
As moms and dads know, children develop at individual rates: Some parents are thrilled when their child colors between the lines while others are posting videos of their four-year-old reciting Shakespeare. But even though kids are as unique as snowflakes, missing milestones can signal a problem.
Having a child with autism presents unique challenges outside the box of regularly mom and dad duty. It’s overwhelming, right? We get it, but don’t panic! Take a deep breath and start by learning as much as you can.