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I Have a Child With Autism

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    So Alone - Tonight I am wishing that my family were closer to my son. They cannot blame me. They're near, they're not all that busy, and there's about 200 of us, if you count both...
    StevensMommy StevensMommy 31-35, F Jul 15, 2013

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    Have I Done Enough ? - Since a very early age, I knew my son was different. He was a fussy baby, never able to be consoled. When a toddler, he never wanted to sleep. He had his own...
    windcriedmary windcriedmary 31-35, F 4 Responses May 19, 2007

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    My Son And His Autism - As we all know the spectrum is huge so all ASD kids are different. My son is HFA, PDD, ODD, and ADHD. I call it the alphabet diagnosis, because that's...
    livetotalwellness livetotalwellness 31-35, F Jun 21, 2013

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    Welcome - Someone approached me the other day on here about my experiences as a mother of a child on the spectrum. And talking with her, it occurred to me that this might be one...
    EternallyHopeful EternallyHopeful 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 19, 2011

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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...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 32 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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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...
    Quintesse Quintesse 46-50, F 16 Responses Aug 15, 2011

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    Jake And Robbie, Robbie And Jake - As a mother, I have learned to love my children unconditionally. I have two sons, Jake (11), and Robbie (7), who are both diagnosed with Autism...
    StarsWillFall StarsWillFall 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    Newly Diagnosed - I have known my son has autism since 14 months old....or had a good idea. Anyway....as the months have passed waiting to get him assessed, it has become much more...
    Kcruise1975 Kcruise1975 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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    Our Son Lives On Very Narrow List Of Foods - We have a son with autism who will soon be eleven years old. He has always been very squeamish about food, only accepts a limited diet...
    ward ward 56-60, M 3 Responses Jul 28, 2013

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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...
    goddessone goddessone 41-45, F 30 Responses Feb 24, 2008

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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...
    vman1370 vman1370 41-45, M 11 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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    The Joy of My Life - My son is 14 and was dx when he was 3.  I have two older daughters 25 and 23.  He is very high functioning but not when he was younger.  So for...
    rose2crew rose2crew 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 19, 2007

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    ABA Therapy Goals. - Trying to work towards creating my own ABA therapy team composed of a Speech language pathologist, Behavioral Psychologists, Physical Therapist, Parental...
    Invest2CentsSomeRworthMORE Invest2CentsSomeRworthMORE 22-25, M Feb 14, 2013

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    My Son With Severe Autism Plus Etc Etc... - My Adam will be 6 in May 2,2013. My husband and I with our two daughters were all excited when our baby boy was born even though he was...
    MyAdam MyAdam 36-40 2 Responses Feb 15, 2013

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    My Son, The Genius - He is almost 12 and has Aspergers. He is not the robot-voiced, train-lover so typically seen, but he is freakishly smart. His IQ is so high that we call him...
    laniferous laniferous 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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    My Ray of Sunshine... - I have 3 boys 14, 6, & 5.  My last boy is Autistic.  He was diagonosed at 2 years old.  I knew when he was about 6 months.  Life is...
    debra77777 debra77777 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2007

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    My Son - I don't talk a lot about my son online, mainly for privacy and his safety. But, occasionally he comes up in conversation with some. I love him more than life itself, and...
    Valdaine Valdaine 41-45, M 8 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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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...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 11 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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    Me, Lee-lee and Our Battle - I have battling the mental health system for nearly 12 years and finally last year my daughter was seen. They diagnosed her with severe separation...
    hammy hammy 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2007

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    God's Special Gift to Me , a Child With Autism. -      My daughter is now 15 years old,  and my husband - deceased since 2005,  we first notice...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Sep 13, 2007

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    My Son - My son is 7 and was diagnosed by the age of 2.  I am learning all i can learn, and feel like i am more educated then his school & his therapists... This is the...
    jaynjacquismom jaynjacquismom 21-25, F 2 Responses Aug 31, 2007

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    Recently after having my son re-evaluated when a concern was expressed from his therapist regarding the AS. My son's diagnosis was changed from Asperger's Syndrome to High...
    amc92 amc92 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    Sam is my son, he's five years old and he's on the mild end of the autism spectrum. He's got the best laugh I've ever heard and is an instant cure to any bad mood I have. We have...
    OhDaddyMmm OhDaddyMmm 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 11

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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...
    sappho sappho 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 28, 2007

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    Does Anyone Have A Child That Likes To Clean??? - My son is 12. He is on autism spectrum. No friends. No social life. Just yesterday I finally had to tell his there was no...
    briannap1123 briannap1123 46-50 2 Responses Mar 6, 2013

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    Things Seem To Be Improving:) - Well my beautiful son is 4 with autism.He has speech delay andhe also has adhd.I'm finally am getting help!I have a caregiver coming tomorrow,so i...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 31-35, F 12 Responses Feb 28, 2013

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    Acceptance - I have been frustrated for the past 9 years because my husband and inlaws have been in denial as to my son's challenges and they did not inform me... I am his...
    LorQuest LorQuest 36-40, F May 30, 2007

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    I have a 3.5 year old with autism. I've also got an 8 month old baby. We live abroad with no family or friends for support. Things are getting really hard and I don't know how to...
    ellemenopi ellemenopi 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 12

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    Have just been reading some of the stories under this heading Autism and would like to say that this father (me) feels pretty much the same way as all you mums do. Having a child...
    huboo huboo 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    Son With Autism Is Coming Along Fine - It's exciting to see our youngest boy, the one diagnosed with autism, building Lego toys all on his own, reading the directions, not needing...
    ward ward 56-60, M Feb 12, 2013

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    Need Advice - My boyfriend has 2 kids a 2 year old son and a 6month old daughter. His 2 year old was just recently diagnosed with autism and I was terrified to meet him. Not only...
    Stoffi18 Stoffi18 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2013

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    Loving Slade - i have a grandchild with autism . my grandson is three years old and he is the high light of my day . he goes to school and i see improvement everyday . it gets very...
    babas babas 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 6, 2007

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    I am a proud mother of an autistic child although it's challenging the milestones are worth marking when you gain so much experience dealing with a kid with a disability but...
    UniversalVisions UniversalVisions 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 26

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    Autism+challenge=blessing - I have a 5yr old son who has autism.  He was diagnosed at 2 but I knew something was different w/him at around 14/15 months. What is a a shocker is...
    tearsofmoon tearsofmoon 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2009

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    My Son Is Special... He Has Asperger's Syndrome/Autism - I have read everything I have found to learn more about my son's diagnosis and what I can do to help my son. I have tried...
    LivingMyDream LivingMyDream 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 17, 2013

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    I have a 3 year old with autism. I love him so much. He is so smart. I thank god for blessing me with such a wonder child
    princesskatara princesskatara 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    I Hate Autism - I posted part of this as a comment in someone else's story but  feel that it  deserves to be a story in it's own right. I have a 13 year old daughter...
    fasterpussycat fasterpussycat 46-50, F 16 Responses Mar 7, 2009

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    I Celebrate My Son Today - Some close friends in my circle know one of my twins is diagnosed as a high functioning autistic. I've always known he was different, even as a baby. He...
    anonimacy anonimacy 36-40, F 8 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    An Everyday Journey - I have a 6 y.o son with autism,He is also deaf but i find that the autism is his primary diagnosis,Anthony was diagnosed at 2 1/2 y.o,but I diagnosed...
    rene rene 21-25, F 3 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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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...
    jhj2007 jhj2007 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 10, 2007

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    Found Some Videos to Help Our Son With Autism - Our boy was in public school (kindergarten) and at one of the faculty meetings we attended for him somebody mentioned that the Leap...
    ward ward 56-60, M 6 Responses Jan 16, 2009

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    I am a fortunate person to have known about autism for much of my life. My mother has worked in the Special Education system for many years and it helped us to be comfortable with...
    Heartfilia Heartfilia 31-35, F Feb 14

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    Embracing the Chaos of Autism - Everything I have read on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) speaks to early diagnosis and treatment. That is all well and good, if you know, as a...
    rennangel rennangel 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2007

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    Autism - Now What? - My youngest son, matthew is autistic and he is 5 years old.  We got our official diagnosis 6 months ago.  Now what do I do?  He is such a...
    mattysmom mattysmom 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 22, 2007

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    My Unique Sons Christmas List - rosin-core solder20 or more watt soldering ironsoldering iron cleaner/tinnercircuit boardresisterscapacitorsIC's (Integrated circuits...
    RhombusInTheSquare RhombusInTheSquare 36-40, F 8 Responses Nov 16, 2012

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    What Now - I have a 14 year old boy. I am a single parent. He is struggling in high school because he doesn't care. I have to make him do everything still. Everything. This is...
    Canada98 Canada98 36-40 1 Response Mar 17, 2013

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    I Am New At This.... - Hi my name is Misty I have 3 kids 13,10, and 2. I have recently started to notice things going on with my 2 year old. I work with older kids that have Autism...
    Novabomb Novabomb 31-35 Jul 19, 2013

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    I had an older brother who was autistic. He was actually my parent's sister's son but my parents raised him till he was 12 and then he lived with my older sister. It was quite...
    48Meghan 48Meghan 13-15 3 Responses Feb 5

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    G The Pure Of Heart - My youngest was at her youth track meet tonight. All of sudden she comes and grab's her older sister(all of a year, but several inches smaller) and said Jen...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses May 9, 2012

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    Before I became a mother, I had career dreams that I wanted to accomplish. Motherhood and life seemed to perhaps temper those dreams a bit. My daughter has special needs. I often...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    A Diagnosis Of Aspergers - We always knew that Nathalie was different. She was a very solemn child and always very clingy to her mother. Because our older daughter had already been...
    colmack colmack 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 28, 2013