Mama Be Good: Autism and Parent Narratives: Why Words Matter


What a great post on the power of words! I feel that this post can speak to everyone regardless of your situation. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts!

http://mamabegood.blogspot.com/2012/07/changing-public-discourse-about-autism.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MamaBeGood+%28Mama+Be+Good%29&m=1

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One Response to Mama Be Good: Autism and Parent Narratives: Why Words Matter

  1. Queenie says:

    I agree that we all should understand the different impacts the same words have different populations, especially children. I was taken aback by the vitriol directed towards the father who wrote of his own feelings regarding having a child with autism. Similar to caretakers of the seriously ill or demented, the commenters seem to not permit the father to admit that he is tired and could, at times, use a break from it all. I worry that those commenters are themselves trying to be warriors in a conflict that does not exist. All parents wish for a break from their children at one point or another. Being fallible does not make for a bad parent, autistic child or not. The better point of the article is almost lost – focus less on what your child can’t do and more on what they can do. As an aunt of a child with autism, I do not see the difference between his interest in art and computers or my own children (non-autistic) in music and language. We could all take a lesson: Praise more, criticize less and always appreciate.

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