Tricia Rhynold shared this touching invitation her son Timothy received from a total stranger.

Tricia Rhynold and Timothy (via Facebook)

Being a parent to an autistic child is difficult and frustrating, but not always for the reasons you'd think. Often, dealing with other children and their parents can be just as much of a struggle as managing their own kids' needs. Most people don't understand autism very well, and you can hardly blame them. It was only recently that scientists even began to understand it. It's actually really hard to understand.

That's why, until recently, Tricia Rhynold had to turn down every birthday party invitation her seven-year-old son Timothy received. It broke her heart, but Tricia knew it was for the best. Timothy is severly autistic and nonverbal, subject to frequent outbursts. She knew that the risk of taking him to a party was too great. She wrote on her blog, The Book of Timothy:

Sources: The Book of Timothy