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Celebrate the Small Wins

As the parent of a non-verbal child with autism, I’ve learned to find joy in the small things. For example, one of my favorite moments came when my son was about three years old. He had always struggled to communicate his needs, and we were constantly trying to find ways to help him express himself.

One day, we were out at the park when my son suddenly ran over to a trash can and started frantically pointing at it. My husband and I looked at each other, wondering what on earth he was trying to say. After a moment of confusion, we realized that he was trying to tell us that he was hungry.

We quickly pulled out a snack from our bag and offered it to him. As he happily munched on his treat, we couldn’t help but laugh and feel heart-warmed by the progress he had made in communicating his needs. It was a small moment, but it meant the world to us as parents.

As I’ve learned over the years, parenting a child with autism is full of ups and downs, but it’s also full of moments of joy and pride. It’s these small victories that keep us going and remind us of how far our children have come. So, don’t lose hope and keep trying to communicate with your child. Every small step matters.

5 thoughts on “Celebrate the Small Wins”

  1. Yes! I’m a mom to a non-verbal too. We are hesitant to try new things, so when we decided to take our son to the beach for the first time, I wasn’t sure how he would react. Would he be afraid of the water? Would he get overwhelmed by the crowds?

    To my surprise, he loved it. As soon as we arrived at the beach, he ran straight for the water and started splashing around. I could tell he was in heaven. We spent hours playing in the water and building sandcastles, and he didn’t want to leave.

    But the best part came when we were packing up to go home. As I was getting our towels and belongings together, I turned around to see my son standing on the edge of the water, holding a small fish in his hands. He looked up at me with a huge grin on his face, as if to say, “Look what I caught!”

    I couldn’t help but laugh and feel heart-warmed by the joy and pride on his face. It was such a small moment, but it meant the world to me as a parent. It was a reminder that our children are capable of so much more than we often give them credit for, and that they can surprise us in the most wonderful ways!

  2. This is such a beautiful and heart-warming story. It’s so wonderful to see the progress your son has made in communicating his needs, and it’s clear how much joy and pride it brings to you as a parent. Keep celebrating these small victories, they truly do mean the world.

  3. We can relate to this story so much. Our daughter with autism also struggled with communication when she was younger, and it was always such a special moment when she was able to express her needs in a new way. These small victories are so important and it’s so important to cherish and celebrate them!!!

  4. This is such an uplifting and inspiring story. It’s a reminder to never lose hope and to keep trying to communicate with our children with autism. Every small step truly does matter and can lead to amazing progress. Thank you for sharing your story and bringing some joy to my day.

  5. Maggie Macintosh

    This is such a beautiful and poignant story. As a parent of a child with autism, I know firsthand how meaningful these small victories can be. It’s so important to keep celebrating and cherishing these moments, and to never lose hope in our children’s abilities to communicate and thrive.

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