If you haven't - you should. It's been steadily growing. The idea for the twitter party was started by Many Hats Mommy and the hashtag was created by @RaisingASDKids.
Honestly up until a few days ago I wasn't one for twitter. I didn't really get it, couldn't keep up - I didn't really understand the point of the hashtag. But since I've been participating in the #youmightbeanautismparentif twitter party, I've been a tweet freak. I think I've come out of the Twitter closet and now ready to embrace @LaliQuin (my twitter name).
I'm throwing out hashtags and retweeting and replying to tweets. (Ok, still working on my response time.)
And when @HollyRod4kids retweeted ME. I yelled out - OMG! Because that's the kind of Twitter dork I am.
The absolute best part of this ongoing twitter party is that I've connected with so many people, I may not have met otherwise. I'm laughing and crying and nodding my head because the things other parents are writing I totally get. Because it's always nice to know I'm not alone in my thoughts.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
#youmightbeanautismparentif you find yourself celebrating and heartbroken - at the same time and for the exact same reason.
#youmightbeanautismparentif you have to live forever. No, I'm serious. This isn't optional.
#youmightbeanautismparentif one moment, you feel completely alone & the next, you're a part of a large, passionate & supportive community.
#youmightbeanautismparentif You see a child breaking down in public and don't pass judgment on the child... or the parents.
#youmightbeanautismparentif you always talk like you are in a social story....."And that's ok"
#youmightbeanautismparentif you've read enough books on #autism that you could practically be a doctor yourself
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf you wanted to write your own #Parenting book because the ones you have are useless in your world.
#youmightbeanautismparentif youve accepted that NORMAL in ur house is exactly opposite of "typical" in pediatricians office #Autism
#youmightbeanautismparentif once child knows no Santa u watch him so he doesn't tell every small child bc "they need to know the truth too"
@manyhatsmommyMI And the companion guilt:
#Youmightbeanautismparentif you feel guilty that your child says "I love you" when so many others don't. #autism
And here are a few of mine -
#youmightbeanautismparentif you look at pictures pre-diagnosis and wonder "Why didn't I see it?" #guilt #YouMightBeAnAutismParentif you have a hard time going to sleep at a reasonable hour. #neverlearn #needmoresleep #youmightbeanautismparentif you've slipped on, stepped on, rolled over on (yes, in bed) Legos #OUCH #youmightbeanautismparentif YOU know in the grand scheme of things #autism isn't a big deal, but hate when others say, "it's no big deal" #youmightbeanautismparentif potty training is taking years not weeks. And let's not discuss night-time potty training...
And here are a few of mine -
Go ahead join the #YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf conversation on twitter!
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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.