Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Top Ten Benefits of Having a Child with Autism

10. You have an automatic excuse to get out of social gatherings that you really didn't want to attend anyway.
9. Sometimes I look so haggard, I get a senior citizen discount.
8. The time I've spent reading labels automatically qualifies me for a food science degree.
7. Get to save time by speaking exclusively in acronyms, like ABA, GFCF, IEP, SCD, DAN, RDI...
6. I can't possibly be expected to lose weight or get to the gym with all of the stress I'm under.
5. No need to waste your money on (choose any that apply): GPS, calculators, encyclopedias, alarm clocks, Hooked on Phonics...
4. Get to learn cool new words that you never knew existed in the English language like "perseveration", "echolalia", and "casein".
3. Sometimes I get mistaken for celebrities...like Phil Spector or Nick Nolte.
2. When our kids misbehave in public it's because they have a serious neurological disorder. What's your kid's excuse?
1. Our kids are soooooooo much cuter than those FLTK's (Funny-Looking Typical Kids).

8 comments:

  1. I love, love, love your list! We too have saved hours of speech with speaking in Acronym! Ours look sort of like this: PTSD, OCD, ODD, ADHD, oh... who can forget... my personal favorite PDD - NOS! What a journey we travel. And those TLTK's? Yeah, they got nothing!

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  2. Lyn- I was doing my stalker thing and going back through your posts because I absolutely love your style and I can't stop laughing over this one- #3 especially gets me giggling.

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  3. I love this! I must say, I have no idea what any of those acronyms mean, exept IEP. My son has one but for ADHD not Autism. I love your humorous outlook on what some might consider a curve ball that was thrown at you in the game of life. Stumbled your post!

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

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  4. As a parent of a FLTK I'm now jealous ;)
    But I love that you can see the light side too
    You must be a fabulous parent!

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  5. I have found the "have an IEP meeting" line has been a great backpocket line to thwart many an unwanted workday meeting w/unreasonable people. (Two ADHD boys). Think of the money you can save in a Phil Spector Halloween costume?

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  6. It's so great that you can see the bright side to this. And the next time my kid even tries to act up in public, I will be thinking about #2, Lol!

    Stopped by from your SU group.

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  7. Just reread this and loved it just as much as the first time ;) I still say the #1 best thing is getting out of social things I don't wanna go to- the one benefit of ASD

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  8. It was *really* hard choosing, but I think #2's my favorite... Followed closely by #1.

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