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I stand quietly while you do somersaults on the bed as you aren’t being naughty, you are just trying to get your out of sync body under control.

I stand quietly by the toilet door every time you need to go, and come with you around the house, and sometimes even just across the room, because I know you can feel truly frightened when you are not near me.

I stand quietly at the supermarket checkout while everyone stares at you barking like a dog and blowing raspberries on my arms to cope with the buzzing lights.

I stand quietly while you tell the baffled shop owner that you are looking for shoes that feel hard like splintered wood because your skin can’t bear soft things.

I stand quietly when the attendant gives us scornful looks when I ask for the key to the disabled toilet because the hand dryer noise is too overwhelming for you.

I stand quietly while the nice old lady who lives over the street tells me you wouldn’t be like this if you had siblings.


I stand quietly watching the part-cooked dinner flush down the toilet as the smell was becoming too strong for you to bear.

I stand quietly as you diligently brush your teeth even though it feels like the toothpaste is burning you.

I sit quietly while you scream at me, trying to control the panic you feel because I gently touched your head when brushing your hair.

Ahead of Autism Awareness day (April 2), one mother has shared her story of what it’s like to live with a child who has autism.

And once you read her touching account, you’ll soon understand why the post has gone viral.


Called ‘I Stand Quietly’, Jill Finch says that the story of her daughter, who has autism spectrum disorder, is just “one story among thousands”.

“If you saw her on a good day, you’d maybe think she was a little shy and kooky.  You’d maybe wonder why I am letting her wear flip-flops in the winter rain,” Finch says.

“You’ll never see her on a bad day as she can’t leave the house.”

Whether you’re the parent of a child with autism or don’t know much about it, this is one story that will give you some insight into the struggles of both parent and child.

Read Jill’s full post at Dirty, Naked And Happy.

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