This was previously published in 2010. It was also published on Autism Speaks Blog -In Their Own Words . At that time, the prayer was mostly for Red. Now that Blue is in the shallow end of the teenage years, he needs the same prayer, so I have edited it slightly.
I am throwing my hands up to this thing called Aspergers today.
I don't know what else to do but pray for my children.
I am praying for their minds to be opened to new possibilities.
I am praying for love, acceptance and understanding from his peers.
I am praying for them to find a special friends or group of friends who will be there for them and accept them just as they are. I know they're out there.
I am praying that they will listen and hear when others are trying to help -that they won't be so locked into their own thought process that they can't let new insights seep through and actually help them to change their lives for the better. I realize that I can not do this for them, as much as I want to. They have to do this for themselves.
I am praying for guidance to advocate for them
To put the right supports in place for them
To parent them in the most loving and honorable way
I pray for PATIENCE. I need a large dose of that.
I pray that those who are employed to support them will do their jobs to the best of their ability
That they will not let them fall through the cracks.
That they will see the possibilities in them.
That they will assist me in teaching them self-responsibility and that they will do so in a loving way.
I pray that they will not give in to depression and self-loathing.
I pray that they will make it through this day, this week, this year having grown, learned and matured. That they will head into the future being everything that they can be.
I pray that they will grow up to be a positive contribution to society
That they will be confident and able to take care of themselves and be responsible adults
I hope you will pray with me.
If you don't believe in prayer -that you will meditate and send positive thoughts our way.
I have a tall order here -and we need all the help we can get.
Please share this prayer with your friends, family and other Special Needs moms.