Unlocking the Potential: The Power of ‘Yet’ for Mums of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children

by | Nov 2, 2023

When parents get thrown into the deep end of autism, its very much a state of sink or swim.  Most parents leave the peadiatrican’s office filled with fear, uncertainty and most of all overwhelm.  Questions that cannot be answered, tasks that feel impossible to complete and the unknown of the future seems to loom over their heads.  But in all of this madness, there is one word that holds more power than we can ever hope for.  The power of yet.  In this blog, I dive into how the power of this single, 3 lettered word can change any sentence from fear and worry to hope and joy.

The word yet, implies a sense of growth, change, and possibility.  When a mother says, “My child can’t speak,” it’s a statement of her current reality. However, when she says, “My child can’t speak yet,” it opens the door to a world of potential and growth.

Mindset is paramount in this journey of autism, especially in the beginning when parents are first handed the diagnosis.  Often the autism diagnosis is handed over with feelings of negativity, however, what if parents were handed the diagnosis with that one special word:  “my child can’t walk…….yet.  My child can’t write…….yet.  My child doesn’t have friends…..yet.”  Having a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset will prove to be your biggest championing trait.

Furthermore, the word yet, in addition to offering hope and joy, it also offers the glimmers of reassurance that most mums are desperately seeking.  Something that pushes them forward, continuing to strive for their child, in the hope and potential of achieving that one day.  Life can be very dark if there is nothing to hold onto, yet provides that anchor.

Another element that the word yet provides is that in a journey where it truly is a marathon and not a race, the word yet reminds us that the progress of our children can be gradual.  Improvements can sometimes come with time and age.

In the world of autism, the word “yet” is a powerful tool for reframing your perspective and your child’s future. By embracing a growth mindset and believing in the potential for development, mums can find hope and resilience in their journey. The power of “yet” lies in its ability to transform a seemingly fixed situation into one filled with possibilities. Embrace the power of “yet,” and watch as it becomes a guiding light on the path to a brighter future for both mother and child.

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