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Kim McCafferty

In this post, autism mom Kim McCafferty shares her recent experience spending the weekend with a friend in Washington, DC, something she once never thought she'd be able to do as the mom of two boys on the spectrum. "I'll say it again. If you want to be the best possible parent, you have to take care of yourself. And that includes having fun."

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I will never give up pursuing safe, productive, and happy lives for them both.

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"My love to my youngest son, and to my eldest who made me a mom, my most important role yet..."

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This year is the ninth official World Autism Awareness Day, and as I watch my eldest son with severe autism rearrange his bucket of toys for the zillionth time I can assure you, I am very aware of autism. The great thing is though, the rest of the world is now too.

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"Don’t judge. You may not understand why your friend/family member is handling her child’s meltdown/insomnia/refusal to eat/obsession with lining everything up in the way she is. Trust me, she knows better than anyone else what to do, and knows her child best. Only offer suggestions if she asks for them..."

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Our son’s still predominantly non-verbal, still falls on the severe end of the spectrum. He will never marry or drive a car. I will forever worry about what will happen to him after I die. But right now, we have this. An unbreakable connection forged in fire, one perhaps more profound because of his autism, his unique world view. We have that..."

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"But today, after years of therapy, consistency, his own maturity, and love, he is all of those things and more. He loves his life. And we love him."

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Ten years later, I am able to look back at so much of what I’ve learned as an official autism mom for a decade, wisdom I’d like to pass on to any of you just starting your autism journey.

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