Stepping on Toes
I consider myself lucky to live in California; there are so many ASD programs available for autistic children and there families. However, I just can't help but wonder if other parents of Autistic children feel as I am feeling right now... I had a meeting today with my 4 year old autistic son's referral coordinator and his two in home tutors. The meeting started well, as they discussed my sons progresses and set new goals for him for the coming year. I was pleased, until his tutors parenting suggestions turned from helpful to insulting. Sometimes I feel that the teachers and tutors that work with my son forget that I as the parent have ideas of how my son should be raised. I think they see him as there "student" or "case" and forget that they are in his life only because I have allowed them to be. One of the hardest things for me right now is not only the fear I feel for my sons future but also the sadness I have over the constant interruptions that occur in our home. I think that one of the joys of parenting is problem solving; the problem solving process, I believe, allows us as parents to now our children better. I think that, although well meaning, the suggestions of my sons tutors interrupts this very important aspect of parenting. Is there anyone else that can relate to what I'm thinking and feeling. If so I would love to hear your thoughts!