5 Things I Don’t Want to Hear as a Parent of a Child on the Autism Spectrum

Unwarranted parenting advice — it’s likely we’ve all given it and we’ve all gotten it. Some comments are worse than others, but as a parent of a child with autism, some seem especially ridiculous.

Here’s what I’ve encountered:

1. You need to spank that kid. Don’t let her act like that.

OK, so no one has said this out loud to my face, but I suspect they wanted to. I could see the judgment written all over their faces. I already feel like a failure, thank you very much, I don’t need your help. But seriously, just no. Spanking my kid will not fix whatever behavior you don’t like. That behavior comes from a lack of ability to communicate. You might act the same way if you had no words.

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