I am 1 in 29.5 raising a child with Autism

  • Your child may not speak speak but he or she is the bossiest person you know
  • You are on a first name basis with your local pharmacist
  • You have teared up at small acts of kindness from strangers, like letting you cut in line at the grocery store because at any moment your child’s goodwill might run out
  • You have sent a note to school with your twelve-year old that says, “heads up, she hasn’t pooped today”
  • The music is on in your house ALL the time
  • You are grateful for online subscriptions because your magazines regularly get shredded
  • School vacations don’t mean beaches and skiing, they mean medication adjustments and maybe one more run at potty training
  • You are always paying off some new medical test or procedure that is not yet covered by health insurance
  • Sleeping through the night is something you’ve heard is possible, but haven’t experienced in years
  • You have added locks to every door in your house and maybe even your trash can
  • You know what it means to love someone for who they are, not what they may or may not achieve
  • I do not worry that she will break anyone’s heart or have her heart broken
  • I appreciate all her victories no matter how small because I only ever compare her to herself
  • I am grateful that no matter how grumpy my teenage sons may be, they will always smile at their sister

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Katherine Sanford is a Middle School teacher in Northern California.

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Katherine Osnos Sanford

Katherine Osnos Sanford

Katherine Sanford is a Middle School teacher in Northern California.

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