When my son was diagnosed, I felt rather lost. I thought I understood what Autism was, but I was totally wrong ? overwhelmed by the misconceptions that a lot of people hold. I read blogs and browsed books, but it still didn?t help. A lot of what I found were things written by other neurotypical adults about their experiences with children on the spectrum. While it was helpful to know that the issues we were having weren?t unusual for kids on the spectrum, it didn?t offer many useful solutions.
Then one day, I found out that a person I was only barely acquainted with was also on the spectrum. We got to talking. She?s on Twitter as @MonkeyPliers. She introduced me to a couple of regular Twitter chats that happen, in which I participated.
The participants of the Twitter chats are almost all adults ? functional independent adults ? on the spectrum. These people are my son, all grown up. I started asking questions. They answered. I understood. My mind expanded. They were all kids once. They know what my son is going through. They make suggestions on what I might do, and the suggestions actually help!