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I Have a Child With Autism

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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 2 days ago

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    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

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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.
    JustJon707 JustJon707 46-50, M 4 Responses Jun 21

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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 5 Responses Jun 13

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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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    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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    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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    Best advice I ever got regarding raising my

    son: Make friends with a few people who have children a few years older than yours so they can walk you through the process as your child ages, and make friends with people who have children younger than yours so you can help when they need it. It can be an isolating place...
    Musicandbooks Musicandbooks 41-45, F 1 Response May 21, 2014

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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 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

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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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    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 1 Response Apr 16, 2014

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    The Shower Trick

    One thing that Colt loves, more than anything, is surprise treats brought home for no reason at all. His dad is wonderful like that, always stopping here or there to grab something small and delicious to bring a smile to Colt's face.  It's often a healthy snack too...we're lucky...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 13, 2013

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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 11 Responses Aug 20

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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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    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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    Some days are so much harder

    than others. . . schooling is a disapointing system for my child that is stuck in a dark age where theres no room for opening your mind.
    212panda 212panda 31-35, F 2 Responses May 12

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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 learning his or her strengths in other areas seeing them smile is priceless knowing that it's all just a stepping stone in life a journey you...
    UniversalVisions UniversalVisions 26-30, F Feb 26, 2014

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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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    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

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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 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

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    One of the absolutely BEAUTIFUL things about

    people with Autism is the sweet, socially awkward, innocence. Of course, there is a whole spectrum of abilities and, just like everyone else, each person has a unique personality, but I've met lots of kids on the spectrum and many of them have this "quality" about them that is...
    mistletoe41 mistletoe41 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 5, 2014

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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

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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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    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

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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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    Today my child disclosed a teacher has been

    hitting him on the hand with a pen when he is not focused or working fast enough
    212panda 212panda 31-35, F 1 Response May 21

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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 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 8 Responses Oct 8, 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 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

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    I finally ordered Charlotte's Web

    for my daughter. I'm still kind of nervous about it. I prayed on it also. Being that it stayed on my mind from the moment I heard about it. Once I prayed about it. It seems I saw it as nothing else but a solution I just hope I'm not reading my higher power wrong. Fingers...
    LadyHeyward LadyHeyward 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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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

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    Hello, I am new here & was just given this link

    by a friend after a hysterical rant on Facebook about how heartbroken I am that my 10-year-old autistic child says horribly mean things to me daily. I am sort of new to understanding autism as my child was only diagnosed about eight months ago & has only started showing signs of...
    PunkinsMom78 PunkinsMom78 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 9

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    Coolest Day EVER

    My son, Colt, is the love of my life. He will be nine years old this summer and he is autistic. Over the summer, Colt spends time between two families who love him, playing with kids of all ages.  Our summer sitter used to be Colt's educational assistant at school and the two of...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 25 Responses Jul 22, 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 can run errands without him screaming in my ear,lol,also he will be starting specail ED preschool soon,like within a month!I have...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 10 Responses Feb 28, 2013

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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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    Hello! My name is Tia Evans

    and I'm with Younique Cosmetics. Some of my team and I are reaching out to families dealing with autism to give back. We are offering 100% of our commission to families in need in celebration of Autism Awareness Month. I have a "Shine for Autism" event going on right now...
    youniqueviatia youniqueviatia 31-35, F Apr 9

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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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    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

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    My son was diagnosed

    when he was a little over a year old. Life has been a roller coaster of therapies ever sense. It took me a long time to fully accept it, but the older he gets the more obvious it is. I spend most of my time at home listening to him make vocal stims which really drives me insane...
    harmony090987 harmony090987 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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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

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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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    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 3 Responses Jul 7

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    Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

    Positive self talk. One. Two. Three. This will pass. It's another one of those many moments when my PMS and my child's mood collide and I just feel like screaming and crying at the same time. I'm angry that it's a beautiful day that is passing me by. I'm so immensely frustrated...
    mistletoe41 mistletoe41 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 1, 2014

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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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    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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    I just found out that my biological son I

    haven't seen in 6 years and is up for adoption has just been diagnosed with autism. Signing my rights away is hard enough and now finding this out. I'm having a pretty tough time dealing with all the stress I've been under and now getting this news
    notthejohndoe notthejohndoe 31-35, M May 3, 2014

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    Well my sons case manager

    for his testing came through. He has moderate levels of autism. (Level 2) if u know what that means and I don't. When I was told my feelings for my son didn't change. It was like someone told me his eyes were blue or he was a boy. I took it as just another way to describe my son...
    tristaspuella tristaspuella 26-30, F