Parental fear, that is. All parents worry about their children–how they’ll get along in the world, how they’ll be treated–but parents of kids with disabilities worry even more. Many of us experienced bullying, physical or verbal, and we don’t want that to happen to our kids.
Fear of the child being rejected–or the parent being labeled a bad parent–or both–puts parental fear in control of parental decisions….and that’s not healthy. This brilliant post by Michelle Sagara offers clear thinking and creative approaches to the challenge of overcoming parental fear in the best interests of the child.
In fact, several other posts are equally brilliant (I found myself nodding along–some of her strategies were just like mine, and some were better.)
Although kids on the autism spectrum do have specific and characteristic problems that make interaction with them (when young, especially) difficult for many…the parenting problems that Michelle discusses are common to more than families with someone on the ASD spectrum. Her analysis of early childhood social settings and social groups is applicable to many situations.