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.........

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.

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.

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.....

Sons, Sand & Sauvignon

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