Autism is still very misunderstood. There mere word “Autism” remains to be quite scary to most people who don’t know much about it. There are so many myths about autism — how people on the spectrum “can’t feel,” or don’t want friends, or are incapable of understanding others’ emotions. None of these, of course, are true.
Read on for four important lessons about love that we can all learn from kids with autism.
“Relationships are more important than things.”
“Having a son with severe autism has taught me more about unconditional love than any other experience I have had or could imagine,” says Thomas Frazier, PhD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism.
“I used to think that unconditional love toward your child is all about accepting them for who they are,” Frazier explains. “That is clearly part of it, but the part that is so striking to me is how, in spite of his substantial difficulties, my son gives unconditional love to me much more faithfully than I could possibly give to him.”
And the love that Frazier and his son share “has driven me,” he says, “to lead a life that seeks the greater good and values relationships over accomplishments or things.”