I Have a Child With Autism

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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

    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

    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

    My sister but i consider her the child i never

    had. Though i spent years raising her and my other siblings, my dad had a restraining order issued against me. I am considered a potential danger. I hate him and i wish he suffers a painful death soon. Recently we started communicating online. She talks to me almost everyday...
    Superpsycho Superpsycho
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 6, 2014

    Help me get Daniel his dog.

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

    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

    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

    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
    3 Responses Nov 15, 2015

    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
    10 Responses Sep 16, 2011

    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

    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 Stepmother. I met him when he was 4. I have always known that there was something a little off center. I just thought...
    LorQuest LorQuest
    36-40, F
    May 30, 2007

    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

    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

    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

    Help me get Daniel his dog.

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

    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 hard enough with a family and children, but to have one that has special needs changes your life completely.  You can't...
    debra77777 debra77777
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Sep 15, 2007

    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

    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
    2 Responses Sep 2, 2015

    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

    I just roll with it. I try to look at my son's

    life as a journey. I'm along for the ride. When a challenging behavior arises, I get on his level and try to figure out what's going on with him. Sometimes there's no answer or reason. I love him for who he is, accept him good and bad, and give him every opportunity to grow...
    haregyrl haregyrl
    41-45, F
    Jan 26, 2015

    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
    5 Responses Sep 5, 2015

    Help me get Daniel his dog.

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

    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
    6 Responses May 14, 2013

    Help me get Daniel his dog.

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

    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 hard my son and his wife live with us so its kinda like he has two sets of parents. he is very full of energy...
    babas babas
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2007

    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

    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

    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

    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 parent, what to look for. When my son, Davin, was 11 months, he had this cute habit of flapping his hands and squealing when he...
    rennangel rennangel
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Oct 13, 2007

    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
    6 Responses Sep 25, 2015

    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
    8 Responses Aug 20, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Nov 9, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Oct 20, 2015

    For all the UK families there's a great week on

    TV this week on Autism Awareness. Especially looking forward to The A Word which is a 6 part drama series:- Mon 10pm: BBC4 - Horizon Living with Autism Tuesday 9pm: BBC1 - The A Word and then 10pm: BBC4 - Louie Theroux: Extreme Love Wed 9pm BBC2: Employable Me Thurs 10...
    HC43 HC43
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 21

    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 handful, and like other stories that I have read, I have no one to relate to.  I constantly worry about him, it is non...
    mattysmom mattysmom
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 22, 2007

    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

    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

    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

    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
    1 Response Nov 20, 2015

    Help me get Daniel his dog.

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

      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

    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 was amazing!!! I marvel at him everyday. God knows I thank Him to have the honour of being his mother. He's five now. Two...
    anonimacy anonimacy
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Oct 8, 2013

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 28, 2015

    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
    15 Responses Aug 15, 2011

    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

    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

    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

    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 schedule. At 4, he was started on his first medicine, ritalin. He is a very bright child, well above average IQ. But life...
    windcriedmary windcriedmary
    31-35, F
    4 Responses May 19, 2007

    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 sides. I grew up in a war-zone of a home; I suspect I have Aspergers myself, but my mother never really liked...
    StevensMommy StevensMommy
    31-35, F
    Jul 15, 2013
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