Parenting is a lifelong job which is wonderful, but exhausting. And because of that, sometimes parents need a little encouragement to help get them through their day. Being a parent who has a child with a special need is no exception! There are some inspirational quotes that they enjoyed and that helped them get through their day as a special needs mom or dad.
Whether you are at the beginning of this journey or somewhere in the middle. Whether your child has just been diagnosed or you have had the diagnosis for a little while. Whether you are raising a toddler or a teenager. Sometimes you can just lose faith. You may start to doubt your abilities.
And let me tell you something — you are made for this. You can handle this.
You will handle this.
You will bend.
You will break.
You will fall.
But you will get back up.
You will move on.
You will persevere.
You will get through this.
Those parents’ job is not an easy one and they often feel tired of struggling to parent their children with autism. But, there is hope and they are not alone. Special needs parents are strong, loving, persistent and the ultimate champion for their kids.
Everyone needs encouragement at times. If you are a parent of a child with autism, we see you. We know how difficult things can be. Just know that “successful” parents are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.
“Autism is part of my child. It is not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.” – Sandra L Westendorf-Coelho
“She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her. She was Stella. She was a unique person.” – Helen Hoang
“Stop thinking about normal . . . You don’t have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.” – Johnny Seitz
“Your child with autism has unlimited potential, just like everyone else.” – Dr. Temple Grandin
“Don’t think that there is a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child.” – Claire Scovell LaZebnik
“Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.” – Violel Stevens
“Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” – Adrienne Bailon
“If you meet an autistic person please do not say they look normal or are good at fooling people. This is not a compliment.” – Siena Castellon
“There is always room for hope no matter how hard or impossible it feels.”
“Parents have therapists come into their house and tell them what to do. They give their power away. Parents need to focus on healing and empowering themselves. They must shift their beliefs about autism. Once the parent knows who they are the child will respond.” – Lori Shayew
“Autistic today. Genius tomorrow.”
“The way we look at our children and their limitations is precisely the way they will feel about themselves. We set the examples, and they learn by taking our cue from us.” – Amalia Starr
“Everyone has times when they could use some support or motivation from others. Sometimes you might be the one who does the encouraging and sometimes, just sometimes, you might be the one who needs the encouragement. “
“You will have good days. You will have bad days. You will have days that are good and bad.”
“I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you!” – Ayla Ferrone
“If my child can do it so can I.” – Julie
“Miracles happen every day.” – Jen
“You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between” – David Foster
“This is a FOREVER journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, oftentimes loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him ‘He is a gift’ INDEED he is.”
“When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.” – Seth Godin
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.” – King James Bible John 16:33
“Your child is the same person before the autism diagnosis as they are after the diagnosis. Your actions and lifestyles may change, but your love for them never will.” – Alicia Trautwein
“As a mom, you worry about protecting your kid. But there are extra added layers of fears when you’re talking about a kid with autism or who has some special needs issue.” – Holly Robinson Peete
“Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause everything is gonna be alright.”
“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child CAN DO instead of what he cannot do.” – Dr. Temple Grandin
“By holding the highest vision for your child when they cannot see it for themselves, you are lifting them up, elevating them and helping them to soar.” – Megan Koufos
“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” – Chuck Grassley
“Even for parents of children who are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.” – Violet Stevens
“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” – Coach Elaine Hall
“Your child will teach you more than you will ever teach them.” – Melissa Noelle Brown Oliveras
“If you have met a child with autism, you have met a child with autism. Each and every one of them is so wonderfully different.”
“For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, the ability to make and keep friends is a must. Among those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society need to create for them.” – Bill Wong
“If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Don’t think that there is a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child. You may have to work harder on some of this, but that’s the goal.” – Claire Scovell LaZebnik
“If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Children with Autism are angels who lost their way to heaven and fell down on earth.”
“Special needs parents are the equivalent of Batman, Captain America, and incredible hulk combined with a side of Mary Poppins.”
“Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It is about understanding your child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, if you are lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.”
“When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible . . . Love and acceptance are key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” – Amanda Rae Ross
“A diagnosis defines a lot of things, but it doesn’t define love.” – Lexi Behrndt
“Do not fear people with Autism, embrace them. Do not spite people with Autism, unite them. Do not deny people with Autism, accept them, for then their abilities will shine.” – Paul Isaacs
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
“Embrace the unique way your child is blooming — even if it’s not in the garden you imagined.”
“Children are not a distraction from more important work – they are the MOST IMPORTANT work.” – John Trainer
“God didn’t add another day in your life because you needed it, He added it because someone out there needs you.”
“If you are completely exhausted and don’t know how you are going to keep giving this much of yourself day after day, you are probably a good parent.” – Bunmi Laditan
“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” – Debra Ginsberg
“[So-called] Mild autism doesn’t mean one experiences autism mildly . . . It means YOU experience their autism mildly. You may not know how hard they’ve had to work to get to the level they are.” – Adam Walton
“I saw that you were perfect and so, I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect, and I loved you even more.” – Angelita Lim
“Promise me you will always remember… you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved move than you know.” – Christopher Robin
“There is something in you that the world needs.”
“By separating the autism from the person, are we encouraging our patients’ family members to love an imagined non-autistic child that was never born, forgetting about the real person who exists in front of us?” – Christina Nicolaidis
“I believe that inside every person who is bullied there is a strength and a tenacity to survive. You don’t always know that this strength exists, but if you make it through those dark times, you become aware. You become a survivor, someone whose courage and spirit are far stronger than all of the hate and cruelty of their bullies. The one thing that I want to impart to children with autism is knowledge of their own inner strength and the belief that one day at a time, they, too, can get through this.” – Amy Gravino
“Autism is here to stay and may be considered a part of the diversity of the human gene pool.” – Dr. Stephen Shore
“Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because he is trying to change your heart.” – John E White
“A diagnosis can’t predict the extraordinary love you will have for your child.” – Tara McCallan
“If God brings you to it, He can bring you through it.”
“Truly I dreamt that my beautiful mom told others my secret about life. Nicely the secret was very easy to say but harder to do. The secret is: believe in your child and believe in yourself.” – Jeremy Sicile-Kira
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Jonathan Harnisch
“You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy.”
“Rather than healing our child of his developmental disability, God healed me of my spiritual disability.” – Diane Dokko
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt
“Children with autism are colorful – they are often very beautiful and, like the rainbow, they stand out.” – Adele Devine
“Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention to an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.” – Jace King
“A person with autism lives in his own world, while a person with Asperger’s lives in our world, in a way of his own choosing” – Nicholas Sparks
“When a family focuses on ability instead of the disability, all things are possible…Love and acceptance are key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” – Amanda Rae Ross
“If we can’t start by seeing an autistic child as inherently capable, interesting, and valuable, no amount of education or therapy we layer on top is going to matter.” – Ellen Notbohm
“Autism is part of my child, it is not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.” – Sandra L Westendorf-Coelho
“Once you learn to appreciate the small victories there is no need for a finish line.”
“Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us.”
“Children with autism develop all kinds of enthusiasms…perhaps focusing on one topic gives the child a sense of control, of predictability and security in a world that can be unpredictable and feel scary.”