You Might Be An Autism Parent If….

Here is a collection of tweets from the great hashtag #youmightbeanautismparentif recently going on Twitter.  Many of us autism-spectrum parents found new “twits” that truly understand our families and our lives.  It honestly has been an amazing and uplifting experience.If you are a fellow autism-spectrum parent, my hope is that this list will show you that you are definitely NOT alone.  If you are not, my hope is that you will be able to see more into the lives of those on the spectrum and their families.

You can join in on this great hashtag by searching for #youmightbeanautismparentif  in your Twitter search box.  If you would like to follow me on Twitter, you can find me @TheJourney_1 

(Please note that these are in no particular order and I was not able to find/copy them all.  Any tweets that are originally by me are in bold-type.  All of the others were by fellow autism-spectrum parents via Twitter.  I know that there are likely repeats, but I tried hard to prevent that.  Also remember that this is a “Spectrum”.  There is a WIDE range of behaviors, characteristics, and issues.  Not all of these tweets relate to all of us; but as a community, we can truly understand.)

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You grieved for the child you thought you would have, but rejoiced with the one God wanted you to have.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You think a meltdown is something that happens to a child, not a nuclear reactor.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   Your child goes through stacks of paper drawing and draws the tiniest details that most people would miss.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you’ve adjusted your expectations (in a good way)

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you’ve watched every episode of Phineas and Ferb. ur convinced that Ferb is autistic.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   No matter how often U watch Stranger Danger shows & discuss- ur child STILL has no concept of it applying to him

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your 6 y/o asks you what is autism/aspergers & if he has it & you tell him what an exceptional mind he was given

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you wonder why there’s not a what to expect book about autism.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you can spot developmental delays in other children real quick. #memorized stages.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you can always find a way to incorporate ur child’s special interest into any homework assignment.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you got a nextflix account because date night begins after the kids have melatonin.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your kid’s “security blanket” is wearing 1 sock on his left foot and no sock on his right cause its comfy

#youmightbeanautismparentif   special ed law gives you comfort

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you keep changing the TV to accommodate and avoid a major tantrum…doing that now.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your child showed you the true meaning of: accept me for who I am, not whom you would like me to be

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You still buy receiving blankets for your 5 year old to use as ‘chew buddies’ in order for him to fall asleep.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you can’t remember the last time you had a full night sleep or actually ate a whole meal.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you nap in the office ladies room because it’s one of the few places where there’s peace & quiet

#youmightbeanautismparentif   it seems like “me time” could pass as a holiday for you.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   OMG THE SOCKS “don’t fit”, can’t find, feel weird, smell too clean, OMG THE SOCKS

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you consider waking up at 7 am “sleeping in”

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you ask your kid a question & instead of an answer ,they ask the question back. #echo

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you pick a preseidential candidate based on what he’s doing for autism families.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your kid corrects his Vietnam Veteran grandfather on the types of weapons used during the war…

#youmightbeanautismparentif   u say “u catch more flies with honey than u do vinegar” & your kid tells you a fly swatter is more effective.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   the “F word” in your house is FLEXIBLE.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   the best teacher you’ve ever had is only four years old.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you’re used to more questions than answers.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you lost a bunch of friends bc they don’t even try to understand….

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You plead with your child to be allowed to throw away the packaging

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child marks a calendar for when he can play a game again, because he won’t forgive “it” until then…

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you think a visual schedule could help your co-workers and you whip one up using boardmaker…

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you think a lab coat is a perfectly reasonable birthday present for a 9-year-old…โ€

#youmightbeanautismparentif    U avoid bringing boxes home, because U KNOW it will become a piece of art or amazing toy-never 2B thrown away…

#youmightbeanautismparentif   it’s been years since the diagnosis but you clearly remember the moment you suspected something was wrong.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you actually try to get your toddler to NOT match the color shapes to the right color rods.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You have to explain EVERY step in the process. i.e. 1.raise hand  2.WAIT to be called on  3.answer.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you want to follow everyone who has tweeted this hashtag.

#youmightbeanautismparentif U discover there R previous books in series & have 2 read all in order-including 1’s already read when come 2 em

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Spending a day at the pool means literally spending the whole day in there!!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child would go outside without a coat because they don’t feel the cold

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have been watching “Sesame Street” for the last 14 years.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you pick which birthday parties you go to based on the games they play.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child will hug a complete stranger b/c Mommy is upset with him…

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your child talks like Cookie Monster, with a distinct lack of articles in his speech pattern…

#youmightbeanautismparentif     You detest the phrase ‘this too will pass’, because it WILL take forever to pass..and it WILL be back, again.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You don’t even blink an eye when seeing a child twirling and flapping in public

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have a child of talking age but have never heard him/her speak.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you know that a ‘sensory diet’ has nothing to do with food.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your 7 year old has designed 40 different versions of the Dominator from Storm Chasers

#youmightbeanautismparentif     You avoid public bathrooms because they are too loud and cause sensory overload.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    ur 9 yr old wakes up @ 3 AM to design video games

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you know every train line and flight path in the country.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   reading everyone’s tweets makes you smile and cry at the truth of them all.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you pour over catalogs, sites and scour stores to find the perfect winter pants that don’t itch, feel funny etc

#youmightbeanautismparentif    sleeping in is only a dream.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    u hate it when parents of neurotypical kids complain bcuz they talk to much when all you want urs to do is talk

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have to introduce your child by explaining he is the running blur with long curly hair, and no its a boy

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You know that rice and crackers are all you’re probably ever going to get into your kid and you no longer care

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you go where your child wants 2 go and they have a meltdown when u get there because NOW they changed their mind

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you know what PECs are and have a bookmark folder dedicated to them

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you’re on twitter following this hashtag instead of watching Real Housewives and your kids are in bed!

#youmightbeanautismparentif   someone asks your child about their friends and they start listing off the names of their therapists.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You sing” if you’re happy and you know it *flap* your hands”

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you call toys ‘resources’

#youmightbeanautismparentif     You’ve got Meltdown Early Warning Radar

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your child’s favorite activity at recess is to hang out alone far from the action and just think — makes me cry

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you wish everyday you could just have 5 minutes in their head to see the world from their eyes…

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You have the strength to move mountains and the patience to wait for them to move themselves.

#youmightbeanautismparentif  you know the 4 functions of behavior: escape, attention, access to items/activities & sensory.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you just lived through a mini meltdown because 2 foods were touching. And you got 2 new plates and started fresh.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you have to have an eating utensil for each food for a meal.  Cannot use the same spoon for 2 types of foods…

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you call your child the stick whisperer because he can find them anywhere, you find them in his pockets.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you have a will and a guardian picked out but know deep down inside you can never ever dieโ€

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your teen plays one song 24/7. When you try to turn it off at night it wakes her up.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you know every word to every (fill in the blank) movie ever made.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you understand that EVERYONE has behaviors, and that your child’s are sometimes his only means of communication.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You still think of your 16yo as “The Boy”, when he’s really a young man…then you buy him Muppet stuff he wants

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your child has a neurotypical sibling who can give any ABA therapist a run for his money.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    ur tired of hearing, from family, that all your child needs is more discipline and spanking

#youmightbeanautismparentif  you feel you have excellent A-dar. (picking out other kids with autism)

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you have to cut the labels out of all your kids clothes and are over the moon when companies make tagless

#youmightbeanautismparentif  You have more people that understand you in other states and countries than in your own neighborhood.

#youmightbeanautismparentif  Your REAL family & friends are chosen, because your biological ones often don’t get it!โ€

#youmightbeanautismparentif   caffeine and chocolate fuel you, not sleep and a clear mind

#youmightbeanautismparentif   other parents don’t “get” why you can’t be as “on the go” as they are b/c your son needs his “home time.”

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you can translate what he really means to say instead of what he actually did say.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Your 8 yr old has mastered every level of  Lego Star Wars but can’t put on his own shirt w/out help.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You’re STILL buying diapers!

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you still scan a room like you did when your kids were newborns to find all the possible triggers & danger zones

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you secretly want your kid to wear a “I have autism!” t-shirt to shut onlookers up!

#youmightbeanautismparentif   it takes your child a week to get back on track after a holiday or too much change to their routine.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   …the little things mean everything.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   Your son asked for Molecular Motion at 5, a Radiometer at 6, and Newton’s Cradle at 7, but can’t tie shoes at 8

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You’re used to your child’s forehead or hand extended to you for a kissโ€ฆIf you get kisses from your child at all

#youmightbeanautismparentif     your child speaks to you using bits and pieces of every program or movie he’s ever seen and it makes sense to you

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child needs noise canceling headphones

#youmightbeanautismparentif    u think your child’s silly movements are the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, while others stare like he’s an alien!

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You say something to your child while looking directly in their eyes & still not know if they fully understand.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   U feel U need 2 educate others about the spectrum & why UR child does what he does. He’s not being rude or bad.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child is a pro at stopping a video on the same exact syllable 63 times in a row

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Every activity you do comes with a series of warnings approaching the end of the activity.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’re happy your kid is just making snow angels on the store floor & not running away or demolishing stuff

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you cringe when the school phones

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You sometimes have to remind yourself there are a lot worse things that could happen to your child than autism.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   Your kid found the nifty noise canceling headphones an even bigger sensory nightmare than the noise.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    There are three sets of rules on your fridge, including one your child made for the dog. (Rules are important!!)

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you get excited when your kid so much as acknowledges another at the park instead of ignoring all the kids.

#youmightbeanautismparentif  every time you meet a toddler you immediately look to see if he has joint attention and can point.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you know more about writing an IEP than your Child’s teacher

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you know more about your child’s GI system than you’d ever want to admit ๐Ÿ™‚

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have a visceral connection like no other with your child and every human heart that helped or smiled at you

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you eat dinner in restaurants before 5pm to avoid waiting in line and potential meltdowns.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You’ve ever carried a screaming, flailing child out of a store & you knew it was for the best.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    U hear same story word for word over & over for years, because it’s funny…has sense of humor & thinks u don’t

#youmightbeanautismparentif    a day with no more than 1 tantrum is nothing short of a miracle.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You are ALWAYS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS!

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you know *just* how much silence is too much silence. And then you run to check on them.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you use the phrase “use your words” repeatedly throughout the day

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you have a LOVE/HATE relationship with psychotropic meds for children.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Wants 2 hear stories “Again…Again!”- Even tho he has 2 tell U whole thing 2 remind U. Then has U tell again…

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you can diagnose who is on the spectrum by just looking at them

#youmightbeanautismparentif     You make up songs for almost anything because your kid responds better to it.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    …your comfortable with repetitive behavior

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you use your son to help you remember the names of everyone in your apartment building.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    ur oblivious as ur child hits the repeat button 57 times on the DVD player

#youmightbeanautismparentif   …You have become accustomed to the constant glaring

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you pin a lot of hope on a playdate going well.     —- (then someone else added…)  But you bring Tylenol anyway

#youmightbeanautismparentif    one moment, you feel completely alone & the next, you’re a part of a large, passionate & supportive community.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     Your child has 3 time frames – Today, Tomorrow, and Later.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You use the Nintendo or ipod as a muffling device when you know you’re going somewhere overstimulating

#youmightbeanautismparentif  People look @ U like UR crazy if can’t see 10yr old son 4 few minutes @ playground-cause might hide if picked on

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you told your neighbors that Sundays at 7pm is “clean ears, clip nails” day so they know when to expect screams

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child asks you a question…tells you you’re wrong…gives you the answer they already knew…over & over again!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your kids are always sayin,”That’s not funny mom.”  #nosenseofhumor They are so serious!

#youmightbeanautismparentif      Your kid has the hardest time telling you the simplest of things, but can turn Legos into amazing things with no plans

#youmightbeanautismparentif   Your son is 8 years old but still pees on his pants at least once a week.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   U have big collection of rocks w/faces & occasionally take them back out to ditch when pile inside gets 2 big

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you can’t stop thinking of #youmightbeanautismparentif ‘s

#youmightbeanautismparentif    grandparents think they know best. Ok keep him for one night & I bet you’ll call me before the night is over.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you are still waiting for him to sleep the whole night.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     your child’s favorite playground activity at recess is to hang out alone far from all the action and just think.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Strangers look @ you like you’re a bad parent, because they think your child is behaving bad or acting childish

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you look at a picture of yourself from 3 years ago & realize… you have aged way more than 3 years.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your life revolves around extreme planning and organization

#youmightbeanautismparentif   a light bulb burning out in your house is enough to make the sky fall in.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     your 5 y-o refuses to get on the bus bc it’s “not his bus” (reg. bus was in repair-how could he tell?!)

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your couch is a trampoline, your hair is a sensory toy, shoes are abandoned in the car, & a rock is the best toy

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you think Patrick from SpongeBob have Autism. – Maybe it’s just me.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You celebrate the simple things, like a peaceful car ride or a full night’s sleep.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you wish everyday you could just have 5 minutes in their head to see the world from their eyes…

#youmightbeanautismparentif  Your teen is a closet Calliou watcher.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you can’t take a shower because you fear your child will leave the house and wander the neighborhood.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’ve never heard a more beautiful word than “mom” even if no one but you could understand it.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you are at the drs office and about to have your own meltdown bc ur 8yo is off the wall and people are staring.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Your teen’s idea of a fun night out is weighing apples in the produce section while you grocery shop.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you are hiding in your room before 6am whilst your child destroys their room instead of sleeping.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     Holland is still beautiful regardless…

#youmightbeanautismparentif   the routine 30 min appt. took almost 4 hours, and you both cried.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    I’m finding #youmightbeanautismparentif very cathartic after a bad day. ๐Ÿ™‚

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have learned to love your child for who they are, rather who they should be. Best lesson ever!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’ve never physically met some of your most treasured friends #twitter

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You think your dog has Aspergers too, because he keeps interrupting your conversation

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’ve heard the words “I just want to die” from your child and it kills you inside

#youmightbeanautismparentif  your kid wears gloves in the summer and shorts in the winter. And you wear kid gloves all the time.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    ur son has a better organized selection of collectibles than the local hobby shop

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you run frantically in search of your child if he’s been quiet for more than 5 minutes.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you have a flapping rock in the back yard.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     ur dog sits quiet while ur child barks at people who knock on your door!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Or he yells extremely loud at dog — dog is already done &/or not near as loud.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you know the name of every single Thomas the Train engine.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   Your child makes up un-funny jokes in an attempt to understand humor, irony, and metaphor – unsuccessfully.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you think that the iPad is the greatest invention ever!

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You vacuum while your kid is away, then dragged your feet across the carpet to make the tracks disappear. ๐Ÿ™‚

#youmightbeanautismparentif   your Aspie gets mad you because you won’t let him finish his homework because you can see he is overwhelmed

#youmightbeanautismparentif   all the toys in your house are lined up in neat little rows!! ๐Ÿ™‚

#youmightbeanautismparentif  … I wish they were still in neat little rows… my son has graduated to neat piles…lol

#youmightbeanautismparentif   …lol, yes! My little guy does vertical rows as well, an amazing tower builder! Future architect? ๐Ÿ˜€

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’re thrilled when your child finally clap and wave, just after her third birthday

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you rent reference books for your child. Because that’s their fave type of book.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    B4 decide 2go2 a homeschool event, U think of any potential meltdown triggers & never carpool 4 quick escape!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    if you can not relate to any of your Facebook friends but can relate to your twitter friends

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you feel so relieved that there are babies and toddlers on the plane so your child’s screams won’t stand out.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you can task analyze every event in a given day & provide step by step directions 4 EVERYTHING, with adv warning

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you are so happy when your child finally has a friend…just 1 friend.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your purse is full of self stemming quiet time items for your child. Mines full of lanyards.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    …you have been BLESSED to LOVE unconditionally

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you find yourself writing letters to the future, as if it could answer –

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you pray and pray that your little one will call you Momma by the time they turn 3! ๐Ÿ™‚

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have to paint the inside of the snap on jeans so its not so scratchy on the belly button.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you buy an outfit and instead of picturing yourself on a date in it, you picture yourself at an IEP meeting

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your first instinct in a new environment is to locate all of the breakables and exits

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you say…thank God I’m their mother. No one else could possibly do this and stay sane.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you are now an all-star catcher thanks to your little one throwing things at you all day!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you know hundreds of acronyms aside from IEP, ASD, BSP, IDEA, SLP, OT, SPD, PDD-NOS, ABA, PRT, AAC, DDT, PECS

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your favorite show is also the Fresh Beat Band.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’re familiar with ABA, IEP, PECS, SEDU, ECDP, HCWA, SPD, to name a few..

#youmightbeanautismparentif    going on vacation is more work than staying home.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you are relieved when your kid doesn’t know they’ve been excluded & sad at the same time.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You see a child breaking down in public and don’t pass judgment on the child… or the parents.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Your thrilled when you find out there is another child who thinks and acts like yours!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you stay at a kid’s bday party for an hour with your child and think of it as an achievement.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you plan your week around all the appointments, and decline more play dates than accept because of appointments.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Your child is obsessed with Music & Musical Instruments (and can keep a beat, even though he’s deaf)

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You have more compassion, patience, love, tolerance, hope, resilience & stamina than u ever thought possible

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you speak in acronyms regularly (ASD, SPD, OT, SLP) & have to explain them all to your friends.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you wouldn’t change your child for the world – but want often to change the World for your child !

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you sit in your car outside of Best Buy for an hour so he can “just look” and ask other people questions!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Your kid knows more about Apple computers than the average Apple store employee & they know your kid by name.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   Your child has taught you greater patience, understanding, empathy & compassion than you ever thought possible.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You’re accused of being overly protective of your child, and overly sensitive to popular culture!

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you are completely oblivious to the sounds your child is repeating but everyone else around you is going nuts.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You can correctly identify every character from Star Wars

#youmightbeanautismparentif    YouTube on a computer is more important than a Television Set

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you have to have your child do 5-10 minutes of OT exercises before each school day-and fit in computer time ๐Ÿ™‚

#youmightbeanautismparentif    Anything “_____tard” is likely to not only offend, but infuriate you!

#youmightbeanautismparentif     your child doesn’t have a teacher, they have a team.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you’re just like every other parent except x 10.

#youmightbeanautismparentif   you don’t brag about your child’s vocabulary, but their expressive and receptive communication skills.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you are not able to make any concrete plans for anything just about.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you let your kid use technology at a younger age than you might have typically let them.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     Your child has been genuinely angry with you for not knowing all the characteristics of a narrow gauge engine.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     a day without violence or property destruction is a gift worth a few tears.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you’re eager to share new gains with therapists and with family members.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child makes list of activities w/check boxes the first time another child ask them to “hang out” at age 16

#youmightbeanautismparentif     Your child reads years ahead of age but tantrums years behind

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child explains how a relay satellite works and can draw a schematic drawing at age 6

#youmightbeanautismparentif     Your twitter friends understand you and your child better than your local friends and family.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you don’t have any hang-up about leaving a cart of groceries to get your kid out of the store before meltdown.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child needs noise canceling headphones

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child is never invited to birthday parties –  This breaks my heart for my boy. ๐Ÿ™

#youmightbeanautismparentif     You still bear scars from your child’s last 3 meltdowns.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you know what day of the week it is by the professional you have an appointment with

#youmightbeanautismparentif   You carry earmuffs and sunglasses in your purse for your child at all times.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you know that 101 Dalmatians = 99 puppies, Pongo + Perdita –  not 101 puppies because you’re watched it 101+times

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you cut out all the tags from clothes

#youmightbeanautismparentif    your child only eats one color food

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you need to constantly defend your child’s right to an education

#youmightbeanautismparentif    you are happy when your child gets in age appropriate trouble.

#youmightbeanautismparentif    You watch a movie via your child mimicking it back at you instead of watching it on TV.

#youmightbeanautismparentif     you never just have *A* game plan.