Part of my #AutismAcceptanceMonth is asking people to stop parent shaming.
If you see a kiddo on a harness (leash as some call it) mind your business. Many of our kids elope aka are runners. We don't do this to make them puppies we do this to keep them safe.
If you see a kiddo overwhelmed, dysregulated let it go. Do not approach child. Do not reach to touch or make noises even to help. You do not know what triggered and could make it worse. Smile, silent encouragement is great. If parent is in distress then ask if help is needed.
When speaking to a caregiver do not ask what the child's savant or gift is. Only 10% of our kids avg fall into this area. It's assuming a lot. Assume the child understands so don't speak to their parent over them. Always assume competence.
Do not compare our kids to Rainman or Sheldon Cooper and we won't compare you to your generic stereotypes. Don't ask the child's level of Autism. Do I ask your child's level of function? Instead ask about their interests and prefered ways to communicate if needed :)
This is a lot and might sound ranty but it's just a few things that can make taking my kiddo out into the world a safer and more inviting place to be. They are amazing little humans and just need Acceptance.
Love to those those have already been doing this.

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