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This is genuinely

a Fundamental Thread

that all parents of autistic kids and autism professionals should read.

Parents are grieving expectations of their own idealistic kid.

Late-diagnosed autistic adults are grieving a lost and misunderstood childhood and continued gaslighting of their experiences.

Those two things are very, very different.
To be clear, parents of autistic kids are allowed to have emotions and work through them, but it's important to recognize that there is a whole autistic human being right in front of you who needs love, support, acceptance, and understanding. And not to be seen as a burden.
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