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I Have a Child With Autism

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    He went on his first bike ride yesterday.

    He's going to be 14 next month and in high school. He's never been able to balance a bicycle, so we saved for an adult tricycle. Our son was so happy pedaling down the road. He said hi to everyone he saw. Well be riding bikes most morning for the rest of summer.
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 7, 2015

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    New School! My son started his new school

    today! Yikes! Yesterday I went to a meeting to his old school. We went over his IEP and Behavior plan with this new school. i added some input. And I decided to try this new school because I just couldn’t handle constantly going to pick him up from school, or any more with...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 2, 2015

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    My eldest son is 11 years old

    and he started 6th grade this year. His transition to middle school is NOT going well at all. grrrrrrrrr. At the end of last year, me and his teacher put in work to make the transition smooth. It did NOT happen. His ipad that he uses for communication was NOT there. For...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 31-35, F 10 Responses Aug 20, 2015

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    My son is autistic. hes still a toddler

    and we officially found out when he was 2. everyday is different with its own challenges but I just need help with the tantrums. And his diet. it can be so hard to get him to eat which can be common if you read on it but I need suggestions. also he absolutely will not listen...
    Clipz4her Clipz4her 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 20, 2015

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    My Son

    I knew from the time I was a little girl that I would have children of my own someday. I got married at 22, and at 25 I found myself pregnant with my first child. I could not have been happier. My pregnancy was pretty typical. I never worried and stressed like some expectant...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 31 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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    Help me think this through.

    My daughter’s tech teacher compares her pace to other students in the class. Says it takes 2x-3x longer to complete a task. based on “past performance,” this week she wants her to come to her class either during lunch, home base or stay after school to work on the latest...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 30, 2015

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    My Hero

    I wonder if you guys know that Colt is my hero?  Whenever I feel like I cannot take another single step, I look at him and can’t believe his strength.  No matter how he feels, the child will peel himself from his bed, trudge sleepily down the stairs and stare at the...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 11 Responses Apr 2, 2013

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    The Worst Moment In His Life....As Told By Colt.

    So this morning, we got up, kind of grumbled at each other in passing (morning mumbles) and got ready to leave. As we stepped out the door we were greeted with grey skies and pouring rain/ice/rain/ice.   We drove on slippy roads all the way to the sitter's house and the moment...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 12, 2013

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    Help me get Daniel his dog.

    https://www.gofundme.com/ge5pufvw
    Hippiechick112 Hippiechick112 22-25, F Oct 16, 2015

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    Well o i don't but my cousin does.

    This is him...and from his mom and now myself going to school i have learned alot about autism.
    Zachary95 Zachary95 18-21, M Nov 25, 2015

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    Five Year Veteran

    My son will have his 7th birthday this week. I look back and reflect on the last five years, since autism came into my life and changed things forever, for both of us. He is so different at 7 then I ever would have imagined, even after I knew about the autism.   I read...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 11 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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    Autism Is Not a Disability, It's a Different Ability

     I originally posted this story in another experience, but it makes more sense to put it here--- I don't really consider autism a disability but most of society does. I have 16 year old autistic son who has a difficult time getting around in what we call the typical world...
    goddessone goddessone 41-45, F 30 Responses Feb 24, 2008

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    This one task has taken my son nearly two years

    to master, writing is so difficult for him. So, I got this to celebrate his being able to print his name independently.
    lavigne23 lavigne23 26-30, F Jun 30, 2015

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    Well that's what everyone else thinks!

    I just have an amazing individual child who challenges the world to see things differently. Anyway I wanted to say how proud I am that he walked through the school door this morning without a panic, and how nice it was to drive to work without a tear in my eye and anxiety...
    Listening80 Listening80 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 5

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    Autism

    To my handsome , adorable precious Cooper although you have autism you will always be the greatest son a dad could ever have ~and to me autism stands for `````````````````````````A `lwaysU niqueT OtallyI nterestingS ometimesM YsteriousGod bless you my special , wonderful son!Your...
    vman1370 vman1370 41-45, M 11 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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    Waking Up

    After deciding to leave my unfaithful and abusive husband, I took my son with me to live with my parents for a little while until I got back on my feet. Within a month of my leaving, not only was I dealing with the strains of a divorce, being a single mother, and the shame of...
    sappho sappho 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 28, 2007

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    Help me get Daniel his dog.

    https://www.gofundme.com/ge5pufvw
    Hippiechick112 Hippiechick112 22-25, F Oct 16, 2015

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    I have a child with autism i am a little

    worried about him is there someone who knows someone with this problem? and how he cured from this problem?
    Safiullaholfaty Safiullaholfaty 22-25, M 4 Responses Aug 20, 2015

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    I have daughter who is

    now 12 will be 13 soon after school starts and like other kids she just was to feel like she is part of the group but the Autism makes her very different her IQ makes school very easy and when she tries to help others they get made she love Pokémon my little pony and those type...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Jun 13, 2015

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    Pure Venting My 5 year old son has autism

    but is overly social combine that with the most horrible social skills on the planet it always leads to chaos. I am on edge all the time, Maybe he's going to bite someone, or spit on them, or push them over. Other parents hate me at the school, Last night he spit on a kid at...
    jayleensun jayleensun 36-40, F 5 Responses Nov 4, 2015

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    I Have a Daughter With Autism.

    I still think I am in some kind of weird obsession with but denial of Autism. I know she has it. i know it controls our everyday existence, but I just can't seem to internalize the fact. She is a beautiful 7 year old child. Intelligent, talented, frustrating. She has been...
    jhj2007 jhj2007 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 10, 2007

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    some days are just so hard.

    ..the simplest observation can be taken as the harshest critique and leads to the most excruciating tantrums because he can't understand nuance. so exhausting trying to say everything exactly right every time.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 21, 2015

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    3 And Totally Different

    I have 3 children with autism. Now ages 8, 8 (twin girls) and a 9 year old boy. ALL of them have autism. And their autism is different for each one of them. I love them and I do NOT regret them for a second, not even on a bad day. I sincerely love them to pieces. Some days...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 31-35, F 7 Responses May 14, 2013

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    My son is a high function,

    verbal Autistic....things have been very hard for Nathan,for quite some time now...he's had to Indore more in his 15yrs than I would ever wish on my worst enemy. Neglected and ignored by his biological father almost his entire life..disregarded by my mother..she's got a life you...
    SlapHappyMonkey SlapHappyMonkey 36-40, F 7 Responses Sep 25, 2015

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    If You Would Have Told Me...

    I am a believer. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that people come into your life for a reason. I believe in love, and I believe in miracles. But there was a time when I did not believe, was unsure, scared. If you would have told me that my toddler--the one who would...
    Quintesse Quintesse 51-55, F 16 Responses Aug 15, 2011

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    He is 11 years old and non verbal he is still

    in diapers also . He has cerbal palsy along with it but is one of the most loving child you would ever meet . He always has a smile on his face and is pretty smart for his age . If he sees you do something once he has it down pat and tries to do it himself . He could hook up a...
    Wildman43055 Wildman43055 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 28, 2015

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    My Son The 'Mommy Healer'

    Yesterday I was struggling with pain and ended up going home from work a few hours early to see if I could get a jump on it. When my son arrived home from school he came bouncing into the living room where I was resting and he opened his arms wide for a hug.  I moved slowly and...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 13 Responses Apr 4, 2013

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    Another night where sleep is an issue

    for him. The simple act of getting into bed and settling down seems almost impossible- every excuse under the sun is coming out to avoid going to sleep. I can feel his anxiety but I don't know what is causing it. When he finally settles I will spend time meticulously removing...
    Saintlysinner Saintlysinner 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 15, 2015

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    Help me get Daniel his dog.

    https://www.gofundme.com/ge5pufvw
    Hippiechick112 Hippiechick112 22-25, F Oct 16, 2015

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    I have a 19 year old with Asperger syndrome

    and he has a brain of a 10-11 year old the only punishment he will learn from is a spanking I don't want hate comments all I'm wanting is to talk to other parents who have kids with an autistic spectrum disorder thanks
    Dodo57 Dodo57 56-60 4 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    All By His Own

    My little guy is turning nine this summer and he's getting to be no longer a "little guy". The child is nearly as tall as me and his feet just surpassed mine...if I try to bum a pair of socks from him they flop off my feet, all stretched out.He has reached the phase where he...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 14 Responses May 24, 2013

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    My beautiful baby girl probably has autism.

    .. i really don't know what to do. For the last year my wife has been feeding her gluten free, dairy free foods, and it hasn't changed anything. Essential oils? No change. I've just accepted it. For my wife its a different battle. Of course we only want the best for our daughter...
    link07 link07 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 16, 2015

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    And To Restore My Faith In Humanity.....

    ....along comes my son’s little friend, Amy. This is the sweet little girl who has, literally, taken care of Colt while he’s at school since they started together in Kindergarten.  She is my babysitter’s only daughter and she has a heart of gold, just like her beautiful...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 11 Responses May 10, 2013

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    My daughter has mild Aspergers.

    She was late to walk and didnt utter her first words until she was almost 2 1/2. She would point at what she wanted. Her first word was "brother". She never wanted to play with other children but was content to follow her older brother around. They are 4 years apart. I...
    1AngelHeart 1AngelHeart 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    A few weeks ago Colt came home talking up a

    storm about the game, Minecraft. I think one of the kids at the sitter plays it and he watched, or, he came upon a video on YouTube that caught his eye. In either event, he started watching videos and generally obsessing over the game. I’ve played it and know how...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2014

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    My little witch! Hi all,

    my three-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with autism today. We knew something was up but w ewere told it was just a speech delay at her last assessment, but she has been pretty difficult to deal with and does not answer questions or speak freely which has been difficult for...
    confusedoc confusedoc 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 30, 2015

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      My child (austistic spectrum,

    ADHD, sensory problems) is making himself sick a lot. Partly this is due to Dyspraxia where he doesn't chew enough, but he is also using it as a stim, he seems much calmer when he's made it happen. On a good day is this can happen a couple of times a day, bad days maybe up to 1...
    spectre128 spectre128 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 14, 2015

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    To the closed minded assistant

    that served me today, I wanted to apologise to you. I feel it's only right considering the supreme discomfort and embarrassment you must have felt. It must be so difficult for you to have a five year old show a superior knowledge of what you sell and, quite rightly, correct...
    Saintlysinner Saintlysinner 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 9, 2015

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    I worry very much of what will become of her,

    I have tried to make sure she can handle herself in most saturations or in case of attack even if more than one person was to attack her she should be able to do a lot of damage and she is on a fast track to her black belt at this point.We work very hard to keep her focused in...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M 4 Responses Jun 13, 2015

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    my son has Austism. he just started school a

    couple of weeks ago and at first taxis were paid for me to drop him and pick him up. today is his first day on the school bus. I'm so worried that he ll get sick on the bus and the carer doesn't sit at the back with the children. He looked anxious and I smiled and told him he ll...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 14, 2015

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    The Future According To Colt

    I was having a chat with Colt the other day about the future. ”Future” on its own is a brand new concept for my boy and it’s been fun watching him grow to understand that tomorrow brings choices you might not have today.  We’re encouraging the understanding by talking...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    Help me get Daniel his dog.

    https://www.gofundme.com/ge5pufvw
    Hippiechick112 Hippiechick112 22-25, F Oct 16, 2015

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    Time to homeschool him again.

    The program in high school is run so poorly. My son is in 9th grade. He's in a special ed program that takes the group of kids to a cooking class with the regular students. When asked if he could participate in the class discussion about germs and contamination, his teacher told...
    SocialHermit SocialHermit 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 27, 2015

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    So I took my son out today to a fun day at a

    local park. There was a fire engine there and he instantly said 'this can't be a fun day there is a fire engine. That means something bad happened.' I explained that they were there so people could look at the engine and talk to the firemen. He was very excited about this and...
    Saintlysinner Saintlysinner 31-35, F 6 Responses Sep 5, 2015

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    He is 12 and non-verbal.

    He is adorable and mostly happy. He has random breakdowns where he cries into a mirror and runs around the house screaming for 30-45 minutes. Anyone have similar experiences or had any success with dealing with breakdowns and crying jags?
    ZPiece ZPiece 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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