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Seriously, parents by qbark Seriously, parents by qbark
I don't know how many times I've seen parents BAWWWW about their autistic child and how their kid prevents THEM from doing what THEY want to do.

Hate to break it to you, lady, but your kid probably is more frustrated with his or her condition than YOU are.

So, you have to spend a lot of time with therapy. So, you have to spend a lot of money on said treatments. So, you have to write down his or her behavior.

Your kid has to deal with STARES and LAUGHS and TEASING EVERY FUCKING DAY. If you think other parents staring at you in a store because you "can't control your kid" is bad, think of all the pain your kid might be going through.
Many tantrums with people with autism are set off by sensory overload, and coming from an autistic here, sensory overload IS NOT FUN.

In fact, I think it's much less fun than not being able to get as fucking bagel with your friends.

This stamp goes out to all the kids I see in stores who have autism and speech difficulties who aren't allowed to make a sound because they sound different when they try to talk.

This stamp goes out to my friend who's mom won't let her sing in public because it "embarrasses her"

This goes out to all of the poor kids on that shit video that Autism Speaks put out (Autism every Day)

I should also recognize the good parents out there, like mine, and quite I few others I've met. However, there should really be more who understand that autism isn't a disease, but rather, a different way of thinking and processing.

TL;DR: Parents need to get the fuck over themselves and actually help their kids, not make their problems worse.
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Savingfadingstars Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Preach on, preach on. Someone gets it! I don't care what parents say. Your kid has it worse,when you say that, you're right.
candlin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What the fuck. A long time ago, my (autistic) sister went to the swimming pool. She got it and was playing with another boy's toy without asking, he was only like 3 so he didn't care, but his mother came up to my older sister and bawwed about "waahh UR CHILD IS OUT OF CONTORL BAWWWW UR BAD PARENTS BAWW U SUCK" :stare:
She was just throwing a shitfit, and my sister had no idea what she did wrong. My parents love my sister, with or without autism, and they support her 110% :)
ScryzzetheKat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't have autism (at least, I haven't been diagnosed with it so I guess that's a no), but I still hate it when people are rude to people who do.
I don't curse normally, and when I do it's usually just a mutter from shock, but one day I found someone on the internet teasing someone else just because they had autism, and I completely blew. I can't stand it when people are mean to people who have problems AND THEY CAN'T HELP IT.
I mean honestly. Human beings aren't perfect. REALITY PLEASE COME AND BACKHAND ALL OF THESE IDIOTIC PEOPLE.
PinkieTane Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents deal with my autism pretty well, however it pains me to hear of other kids who have to go through not so caring parents...
Yeah, my parents deal with it well, but I don't think they quite understand it... I don't think I really do either (I sometimes suspect my parents have aspergers too).
This becomes a problem for me... I can fill easily overwhelmed with my surroundings, and often my parents' yelling contributes to that... Which frustrates them even more, because I have a tendency to shut down when I get overwhelmed...
karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please, do NOT minimize the pain a parent feels when they KNOW THEIR CHILD IS IN PAIN.  You are obviously not a parent.  The worst, worst, WORST thing in the entire universe is watching your precious, amazing, beautiful child HURT while you are utterly helpless to do a darn thing about it.  My son's pain IS my pain.  They are not two separate things.  In any event, how do you quantify pain?  Who can say who hurts more?  It's impossible to know which is worse because I can never know what it is like to be autistic and YOU can never know what it is like to be the NT parent of a disabled autistic child.  They both suck.  EVERYTHING you said about the meltdowns, sensory overstimulation, feelings of social alienation -- those are not foreign concepts in my house!  We get what you're saying!

I think your own pain and frustration are causing you to lash out at the wrong people.  I mean, duh, of course some parents of autistic kids are lousy parents.  Lots of parents of NON-autistic kids are lousy parents!! (Really.  Talk to your NT friends.  They've got plenty to bitch about, too.) But GOOD parents of kids with autism are advocates, fighters, and caretakers.  You're right, they don't undergo the bullying that you are subject to.  But you've got it so wrong -- of course, it sucks to "not get to have bagels," (really?  bagels?) but THAT isn't what parents are really upset about.  It isn't the money they spent on therapy which kills them -- it's the money THEY COULDN'T SPEND because they didn't have it.  It isn't the time it takes for therapies, it's the TIME THAT WAS WASTED while caregivers fumbled around trying to figure out how to help.  There are, sadly, lots of people who are embarrassed or scared of autistic behaviors.  In my experience, however, it isn't parents of autistic kids who are the biggest offenders in that category.  I don't give two shits what other people think about my son and he is blessedly far enough down the spectrum that he doesn't appear to give two shits, either.  The world at large needs to get their heads out of their collective backsides and accept that which is different.

For the record, I **DO** get stares and criticisms and social ostracism for taking my son out in public.  I get ridiculous advice from my own frigging family about "vitamins" and "essential oils" that can "treat" autism. (Oils.  Gimme am f-ing break.) I'm criticized for not doing the right things, for not feeding him the right foods, for not taking him to the right doctors.  I've lost count of the (former) friends with only NT kids who won't bring their family over to my house for social dates.  I wouldn't know of anyone to HAVE bagels with!  My life HAS ground to a halt, my life IS difficult, and my stress levels are off the charts.  And all that crap makes me even LESS of an effective parent than I already am.  I'm not sure it makes sense to yell at parents for feeling hurt and alone, when you're ALSO feeling hurt and alone.  I won't judge you, so stop judging me.
PolarMantis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
the kids have it worse 
karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW, I'm sorry if I got on my soap box a little.  It's been a crappy week and I'm getting sick of dealing with government agencies over disability benefits.  *sigh*  I truly do wish you the best of luck.  Hang in there.  You're going in the right direction, and if you were my kid, I'd be delighted that you're self-advocating.
Aerilaya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Preach it

Ugh, I hate that so much. :stare:
Sia-the-Mawile Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have autism, and i used to be horrible as a young kid, screaming all the time and having toddler-like tantrums up until the age of 8.

Even now I can feel like a burden because I get creeped out easily by certain cartoon characters and babies. 
luckyCavy117 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I can't walk on my toes without embarrassing my family :XD: But I fixed that. I wear wedges when I want to wake on my toes. That way, I can do what I want AND look completely normal! 8D 
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