I am not a parent of a child with autism. I work with children with special needs. They are all 3 & 4 yrs. of age. Many have autism. One year in the classroom I was working in, we had 12 out of 17 kids with autism.
I only had those children 5 hrs. a day. I cannot even begin to imagine what all of the parents go through for their children. Just getting diagnosed to having people understand to getting services must be tiring. I know with my job it is tiring, physically and mentally.
However, the reward at the end of the day that I get is worth it. May it only be a smile, a word, a new sign being taught or finally peeing in the toilet, it's all worth it.
Just want all the parents out there to know that while there are many people out there that don't understand there are just as many that are there for you. I believe God gave me my job for a reason.