As a parent of an autistic child it is sometimes difficult to comprehend and envisage what the future will hold for our children. – As it is New Year and everyone is busy making New Year’s Resolutions, Autism Daily Newscast thought it would be interesting to ask parents about their own hopes for their child’s future in 2014. Not a New Year’s Resolution but rather what they hoped the year would bring for their child. We received many differing responses.
Katie, mum to Joey, 5 told us:
“Joey has speech and language delay, global developmental delay and possible autism. I hope that Joey has a happy and healthy year where he continues to make good progress at school and at home.”
Katie also told us that she hopes Joey will continue to learn strategies to cope with the world around him. She is also praying that he doesn’t lose his hearing again.
Joey’s maternal grandmother, Val added:
“I hope that Joey has a much stronger immune system to prevent all the infections that he keeps getting, and continues to mature. More than anything I want him to be happy and confident.”
Andrea voiced that she wants more awareness and early interventions for children on the autistic spectrum, she further adds:
“I hope 2014 brings advances in therapies and more parent education that is accessible to all. Most of all I hope that the New Year brings love and happiness to our children and families, and that we may continue to find the support and strength we need to get by everyday.”
Roz who is mum to an autistic son aged 9 told us how she wants her son to join a rugby team again:
“He joined a rugby team last year. It didn’t work out and I had to take him out. He really loved it and misses it so much. I said I’d find him another team. I sent a form off to a group called ‘Get started’ in Aug but have not heard back. I would love to get him back into Rugby.”
Melanie has 2 boys, Jake 14 and Luke 12, both of whom are on the autistic spectrum but Melanie states very different.
“Jake is very depressed and suffers daily locked in his own world, my hope is that my boy will find his way home to me and become the happy boy he used to be.”
Melanie’s hopes for Luke are:
“Luke is happy and thriving, my hope is for him to continue to flourish and become all he can be”
Leona told Autism Daily Newscast that she tries not to ‘hope’ about her childrens future, she told us that even thinking that way can leave you feeling upset and frustrated as you have autistic children.
“Alannah, 10 was diagnosed 2 years ago, Caleb 7 was diagnosed in June 2013 and both have Autistic Spectrum Condition with other things thrown in. Zac 3 is yet to be diagnosed”
Leona’s main hope is for her children to be happy and stress free. She told us:
“The one thing that springs to mind is for them to be stress free in all aspects of life, for them to be happy and to be able to achieve something without getting upset, whatever that achievement is.”
She then adds:
“This would be my biggest wish, not for 2014 but for the rest of their lives'”
Debra mum to 6 year old William wishes for him to be settled at school.
“I want William to be able to settle with staff and peers more in class.”
Mum to Holly who is on the autistic spectrum and has undiagnosed Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) told Autism Daily Newscast:
“I’d like PDA to be recognised everywhere rather than just small pockets and I really pray that Holly settles into high school in September.”
Another parent who contacted us also had worries about her son, Dan, 10 transferring from primary to secondary school. Caroline told us:
“I hope that he gets support as he moves from a small primary school to a large comprehensive senior school. I hope he doesn’t get bullied for being different and that he keeps his sense of humour. I also hope that by the end of the year he is able to use the bus on his own, he has no danger awareness and will often wander out into the road.”
Caroline also adds that she just wants Dan to be happy.
Panther who is mum to Joe, 13 also echoes this sentiment in that she just want her son to be happy.
Sarah mum to Elliot nearly 5 told us:
“I would love to hear Elliot call me ‘Mummy’ for the first time”
Autism Daily Newscast would like to thank all of the parents and caregivers who contributed with their hopes and feelings. We wish you all a happy New Year.