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27 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Be an 'Autism Parent'

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When parents of kids with autism aren’t running from therapy to therapy, advocating for their child’s rights or doing everything they can to keep their young one happy and healthy, they’re apparently collecting some of the Internet’s best memes.

Since many parents of children with autism know a sense of humor can be key to accepting a new normal, we asked our readers to share their favorite autism-related memes.

Here’s what you sent us:


FYI, your 1 million YouTube hits are from one autistic child.
Via Patty Toma Young


all these other moms are talking about honor roll, dance recitals, softball games, gymnastics meets and I'm sitting here like woo hoo! she tired a new food and her socks didn't bother her!
Via Megan Hufton


other parents watching kids at the playground vs. autism parents watching kids at the playground
Via Gemma Uí Mhurchú



autism: around since noah lined up all the animals and counted them
Via Jessica Grainger


everyone with autism was born as a result of sex; sex causes autism
Via Amy Kenny


autism is not a tragedy, running out of bacon is. also ignorance but mostly the bacon thing
Via Katja BF


you might be an autism parent if your kid can name all 63 moons of jupiter but cannot tell you what they want for lunch
Via Kristalyn Murphy


make a sensory bin out of beans they said. it'll be fun, they said.
Via Jean Hong


why don't we just get a babysitter? hahaha!
Via Melissa Cote


is it my imagination or is your kid on the verge of death? actually she just noticed her shirt has a scratchy tag in it. so yes.
Via JenRaia Lombardi


when i'm out and spot another autism mom
Via LK Mackey


spent hundreds on toys, favorite thing is a big rock
Via Tori Manning


autism parents be like, this ketchup will last a whole week
Via Michelle Storey


that moment when someone tells you sorry when you tell them your child has autism
Via Debi Warren


oh, you met one other autistic kid? let me take notes now that you are an expert on autism
Via Amanda Burger


a list of people i trust... to babysit my child with autism!
Via Walk One Day In Our Shoes


kids with autism... their idea of a play date
Via Shanté Nicole


ways in which real autism is not like rainman: lily, how many toothpicks did you just spill on the floor? six.
Via Jessica Wade


you might be an autism parent if your child sounds like a college professor talking about mythical monsters but can't tell you what happened at school that day
Via Helena Wish


autism parents after a meltdown
Via Melissa Giambastiani


autism moms, what my friends think i do, what my mother thinks i do, what society thinks i do, what the government thinks i do, what i think i do, what i really do
Via Joye Jones


mommy will be right out... i'm going potty
Via Melissa Cote. Image from What Does The Kid Say video.


me: if someone mistreats my child with special needs
Via Walk One Day In Our Shoes


an autism parent's worst nightmare... seasoning!
Via Our Adventures with Riley



my child does not look autistic and you don't look ignorant yet here we are
Via Dana Fiedler


it doesn't have to make sense to you... respect that it makes sense to them
Via Sarah Hoyle


how was the movie last night? the 2-minutes that we watched 45 times was pretty good...
Via Gena Noslen

*”Vias” are the people who submitted the memes to The Mighty, not necessarily the meme’s creator. 

Which favorites did we miss? Let us know in the comments below. 

 27 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Be an 'Autism Parent'
Originally published: October 16, 2015
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