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My Daughter on the Autism Spectrum Isn't 'Normal' -- and That's OK

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I still recall the well-intended comments of friends and relatives asking if my daughter with autism is getting any “better.” By “better,” they mean she is behaving more ”normally.” Well, I am sorry to say that my daughter is not getting any “better.” She has not made any “progress.” But why must that be a problem?

Is achieving “normalcy” the only way to support and help children on the autism spectrum? Is reaching “normalcy” a benchmark that we have succeeded in raising them?

By trying to “fix” them, we are saying it is not OK to be them. We are saying what you do or say and how you act is wrong just because it seems different.

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