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The Future for Kids with Autism- A big question among parents

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Your child’s future is always your concern

Since my son was diagnosed of having a developmental disorder or Autism, there was no days  that  completely  come  to pass without thinking about his future. So many questions had filed  up inside  my mind and all of  it ends to a single question ” What is the future might hold for him?”  I love my kid I guess that is how a parent suppose to feel and knowing that my son’s  development disorder  will surely leave  a large impact in his life if he cannot get out of his condition.

Treatment would surely help , but can it cope  with him as he grows older?  Several more years he would be leaving his childhood stage and beginning to enter a new life as teenager just like any other kids have.

Craving for new things , feeling excite for new adventure and start to feel something different towards the opposite gender. All of these are part of growing up and everybody for sure has their own story to share someday. The question hangs  and  still the same. What would be his future?

Certainly after diagnosis, the first emotions that sweeps over me as his  parent  is absolute fear and panic. For some people it is an overwhelming feeling that numb inside or unable to cope with frightening level of intensity. There are times it is hard to talk to someone about these issues, mostly I was  finding  ways  not to make my relationship with my wife so stressful because of the issues.

Some parents find that their fear turns into uncontrollable, immobilizing panic or non- stop crying . Depression is not a normal response but expect to feel depressed at times. It is unwise in my own opinion if this depression goes too long, everything would get affected and it is hard to cope with.

Feeling down and depress but not giving up.

We all want our child to live a happy and fulfilling life. Sometime I could imagined my son be more  like any other kids. I see him playing and doing work he enjoys. Be able to say lots of things about himself  like what he wants to be when he grows up, where he lives or where is he studying. In short, I imagined him that he can be able to communicate with his thoughts and feelings and being surrounded by people who respect him.

Those were only imaginations and it seems  like a dream that may or may not happen. If it does then I would be the  happiest father there is. I will not loose hope, not for my son for as long as I am standing I would be there by his side no matter what future that this life might bring for all of us. I guess that is what a father should do, be always supportive and provider for his family.

If you have a question, comment or suggestion feel free to write it below and I will get in touch with you as soon as I can. Thank you.

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2 comments

  1. Gabriel

    Hey there. Although I do not have a child, much less a child with Autism, I did work with Autistic children for a short period of time.

    From my experience and observations, it is understandable that you’re very worried about what the future looks like for your child. There are a whole category of “issues” or things to deal with when it comes to raising a child with Autism. Namely, how are they going to function in the world and be happy in it.

    From what I can tell, you are a very caring and loving father who just wants their kid to be happy and live a successful life. And it appears that despite the worries and the challenges that are to come, you will ultimately do your best to do what’s best for your child.

    A couple suggestions for you, take them or leave them:

    -find other parents who can relate to your situation so that you don’t feel alone and feel understood
    -keep your mind open to new or alternative perspectives on autism
    -have faith that down the road things will be alright

    Again, I am in no position to tell you what to do or how to feel about this. I truly hope that you find peace in knowing that things will turn out okay. It makes sense that you worry over it, but, at least you have full control over how much you love your child.

    Good luck with everything!
    Peace
    -Gabe

  2. Cris Santos

    Hi Gabe,

    Thanks for the wonderful comment and to your suggestion. Every parents that have a child with autism has their own unique ways of dealing with this development disorder. I was hoping also that through these messages would somehow show the idea of acceptance and caring for all the children out there who are suffering from ASD. It is true that every parent like me is so worried about our child’s future. Just imagine what they would become when they grow old? If my time is up in this world who is going to take care of him. So many questions that needs a secure answer. If only it is easy to say it than done. Moreover, I pray that this site would reach those family who are in need of deeper information about autism. Thank you again. God Bless you.

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