I probably fall somewhere in the center of the continuum--maybe leaning a little closer to the cure side! Generally, I love my daughter's quirks that make her so unique. Because her brain is wired a little differently, she has a lot of amazing gifts that go along with the autism (amazing memory for some things, intelligence, thirst for knowledge, for example). However, I want her to learn how to manage her emotions so she wouldn't tantrum over little things, such as having to leave school at the end of the day. I want her to learn how to get friends and play with them. To care about her friends if they are sad or hurt. She doesn't have to be the most popular girl at school, but I don't want her to be the kid that everyone is mean to and makes fun of. I want her to possibly get married some day (if she ever meets someone who is good enough for her, of course) and have children.
I'm not willing to try every thing under the sun in order to do this, however. She's done amazingly well with behavior therapy, so that's what we're sticking with!
Here's to my beautiful, smart, quirky daughter!