The A to Z of Autism - G is For

When Mr.L was diagnosed back in 2007 I didn't have a clue what Autism was or even what it meant, 8 years on and 2 more diagnoses its still a puzzle. I have been contemplating doing a blog series with all the words associated with Autism to help other parents and to maybe be a bit of a reference point. So say hello to the A to Z of Autism. Each week will be a different letter, last time was F is for and I got some fab inclusions from other autism parents. This time is G is for.........

Guilt 
Tina at MotherGeek Autism parenting is a constant guilt trip for me.... Was it something I did? Could I have done more? Should I be doing more? I need a break...
I can definitely relate to this, I also feel guilt from the constant juggle of balancing my 3 children's needs, they all need and want different things and there is only 2 of us to provide it. Someone is always missing out.

Gut instinct  
Joy at Pink Oddy -  As a parent you know your child best and when something isn't quite right, or the best way to handle something.
I definitely agree with this one, I knew Miss.S was on the spectrum, yet I was turned away at 2 different approaches, so I took her direct to one of Mr.L's psychology appointments for their opinion. They took 1 brief look at referred me to the relevant services.

Genetics 
Steph at Steph's 2 Girls - discussion around how the cause of autism isn't known? Bit contentious, though, you may want to avoid.
I think this is an interesting discussion piece, and people inevitably have different  opinions. We believe in our case it could be genetic, there is a strong family history and Mr. RTR is most definitely on the spectrum.

Groups 
If there is one in your area go to it, if there isn't one then set one up. I think the support of other parents on the spectrum is invaluable. It's lovely having someone to talk to, or moan to and just someone who can relate. I personally stay away from Facebook groups (apart from 1) as they are a place of so many opinions, but I know of many people who use them and love them.

Do you have anything else you would add for G then just leave me a comment below? Make sure you come back in a fortnight for H is for.....
Mandy
xx

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