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It's Time for My Autistic Son's Voice to Do the Talking

For a long, long time, I was my son Ryan’s voice. He has always been “verbal,” but he often struggled to communicate his needs.

I did my best to interpret his needs and communicate them to others. Sometimes I got it right, sometimes I didn’t. Like any parent, all you want is for your child to feel safe, loved, and happy, but if your child has a hard time letting you know what he needs to feel all those things, it is heartbreaking and frustrating.

I’m the mom, I’m supposed to be able to kiss away the boo-boos, chase away the scary monsters and take on the schoolyard bullies (well I did do that, a few times), but if I didn’t know what hurt him, scared him or threatened him, I didn’t know how to help him.

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