Twitter Tuesday: #youmightbeanautismparentif

22 Nov

On Sunday evening I was wandering around in Twitterland seeing if anything interesting was going on, and I noticed a certain hashtag popping up in my timeline not once, not twice, but many time. For those who are not Twitterites like me, a hashtag is a topic that people are Tweeting about – kind of like a conversation. So if you’re tweeting about broccoli (and really, who would tweet about broccoli?) you would add the following to your tweet: #broccoli.

Anyway, the hashtag that was appearing on Sunday night was this: #youmightbeanautismparentif.

Well, this looked like fun! Autism parents were tweeting about some aspects of raising a child on the spectrum. Some of the tweets were poignant, some were downright hilarious, and every single one of them was true. So I thought I would share some with you. What follows is a sampling. To get the full picture, go to Twitter and search for the hashtag #youmightbeanautismparentif.

So here goes. You might be an autism parent if:

  • you start to write your coworkers a social story about why they shouldn’t use your stapler (@BartimusPrime1)
  • Your child is self-taught on both a PC & a MAC, preferring to operate both simultaneously (@theblondeview)
  • You celebrated and took a pic the first time your daughter drew on a wall. (@NationalAutism)
  • you know there are TOO MANY ways to end the sentence, “The bathroom is NOT a good place to…” (@FroggyPrinceMom)
  • you wouldn’t change your child for the world- but want often to change the World for your child (@helenhamill)
  • you have a swing. In the middle of your living room. (@RaisingASDKids)
  • one moment, you feel completely alone & the next, you’re a part of a large, passionate & supportive community. (@autismfather)
  • you are happy when your child gets in age appropriate trouble (@RaisingASDKids)
  • you constantly praise your kid for NOT peeing down the air vent (@laughinblues)
  • your kid just dropped a grape and now the ENTIRE day is ruined. (@WhacamoleLife)
  • your child is offended that Robin Hood called a big man “Little John” because that’s a lie. (@BobbiSheahan)
  • the Christmas Nativity scene on the mantle includes dozens of animals facing the same direction. (@LeftCoastJeff)

I made my own contributions to this thread. Here are a few of them. You might be an autism parent if:

  • your kid screams the roof off because the letter M on his computer keyboard broke.
  • you’ve ever had to defend your vaccination choices to complete strangers.
  • the dishwasher ALWAYS has to be closed and the living room door ALWAYS has to be open exactly 3.26384 inches.
  • cutting the cheese sandwich into triangles instead of squares starts World War III.

What do you think? Feel free to add to the list in the comments, or join the Twitter conversation and be sure to follow me @running4autism.

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14 Responses to “Twitter Tuesday: #youmightbeanautismparentif”

  1. myautisticplace November 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM #

    if your child is trying to tell you that his tummy hurts all over and says, “mommy the circles are dancing around in my tummy.”

    • runningforautism November 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM #

      It sometimes amazes me that our kids, in not being able to converse like other people, can actually be more expressive through the words that they do use.

      Thank you for this!

  2. Becky Hallberg (@BeckyH_253) November 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM #

    Love reading these posts about this hashtag. So great to realize we’re not alone!

    • runningforautism November 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM #

      Becky, I think that’s why this hashtag is taking off so well. It makes us autism parents feel less alone and overwhelmed.

  3. MarfMom November 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM #

    If you actually have to say the words during IEP testing “he is never going to play with that toy. It doesn’t sound like a hand dryer.”

    Scratch that. If you ever have to go through IEP testing, and then cross your fingers that your child doesn’t pass with flying colors.

    • runningforautism November 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM #

      That is so true. I wonder if the day will *ever* come when the term “IEP” doesn’t make me break out in a cold sweat.

  4. Tuna November 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM #

    You know 5 ways to clean poop off of bathroom tile.

    You know how to fix a toilet yourself because you watched the plumber pull toys out of the toilet too many times to count.

    You speak in code: ASD, PT, IEP, FAPE, etc.

    You know that “EEEEE” means “I have stolen a cookie and am now sneaking away.”

    • runningforautism November 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM #

      YES to all of these! I can get a Bob The Builder figurine out of the depths of the plumbing system with no problem!

  5. Jacquie November 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM #

    You’ve been heard to say, “Stop licking the swing/the car seat/your brother.”

    You cheer when your child says “shit!” in an appropriate context.

    • runningforautism November 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM #

      LOL!!! I remember the time I ran cheering to my husband that George had just said “f*ck”.

  6. Emma Peterson November 23, 2011 at 12:04 AM #

    I never know what a hashtag is until i read your post. HaHa, I enjoy reading the comments since I have a child also. There are also some words that our kids are saying that we, mothers, can only interpret. It’s pretty funny.

  7. Joan November 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM #

    The all-day movie marathon on your TV consisted of one movie.

  8. carrie November 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM #

    I love this tag! I never knew twitter could be so useful! I wish that this topic would get more recognition because it’s truly something special. I have a collection of my favorites on my blog, but it might be time for a part two: http://poopingredguy.blogspot.com/2011/11/youmightbeanautismparentif.html

  9. Jenny November 28, 2011 at 7:51 PM #

    These are hilarious–missed most of them! We must have been online at different times. 😉 Thanks for sharing the good ones you found, and glad you are enjoying the hashtag. I am SO EXCITED it’s been going over a week!

    You can link up this post on my blog if you like (If you have already, I apologize. Brain fried…) http://manyhatsmommy.com/2011/11/26/cathartic-2/

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