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I Have a Child With Autism

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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 Counselor, Nutritionist. If you happen to find credible information on the fallowing please send! -History of ABA therapy...
    Invest2CentsSomeRworthMORE Invest2CentsSomeRworthMORE 22-25, M Feb 14, 2013

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Feb 26

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    My Unique Sons Christmas List

    rosin-core solder20 or more watt soldering ironsoldering iron cleaner/tinnercircuit boardresisterscapacitorsIC's (Integrated circuits)transistorsdiodes and light emitting diodesmicroscopeI have quite the interesting 15 year old kid. I guess it's obvious where his interests are!
    RhombusInTheSquare RhombusInTheSquare 36-40, F 8 Responses Nov 16, 2012

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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 cope.
    ellemenopi ellemenopi 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 12

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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; I could count the different foods he eats on my fingers, things like potato chips, corn chips, carrots, green peppers, cucumbers, certain...
    ward ward 56-60, M 3 Responses Jul 28, 2013

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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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    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 what it seems to be. He is very verbal but you can't always understand him. He gets extremely angry and frustrated and has...
    livetotalwellness livetotalwellness 31-35, F Jun 21, 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 and started to pick up on things about 4 weeks ago. Since I have never worked with kids his age that had Autism I ran to...
    Novabomb Novabomb 31-35 Jul 19, 2013

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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 diagnosed with ADHD, we were seen by the child psychology department quite quickly. They ran all the usual tests and told us...
    colmack colmack 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 28, 2013

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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 she was different when she was a year old.  She had a very limited vocabulary, and only said one word at a time.  She mostly made different...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Sep 13, 2007

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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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    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 all of you parents that are just starting out please remember that there is hope, it takes alot of patience and support...
    rose2crew rose2crew 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 19, 2007

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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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    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. As many of you are aware, I'm sure, nobody's case is exactly alike. Jake's is more severe; he's the stereotypical, nonverbal, jerky...
    StarsWillFall StarsWillFall 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    Help!!! Dealing With Depression And Raising Kids ( One Severely Nv Autistic) On Typically Developing.

    My son is 8, my girl is 5. I know I should feel thankful for my life and not complain. Here's to hoping someone else out there feels like this and can give some advise. My husband works a job where he is gone a lot = like 7am-8pm or later. So I feel like a single mom because I'm...
    pinkchimney pinkchimney 36-40, F 5 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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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 any help. I can't help smiling while I type this, looking over at him as he plays one of those Nintendo personal game devices.  He's doing...
    ward ward 56-60, M Feb 12, 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 difficult for my parents since he was always violent and screamed. My parents weren't as strict as my sister but he's doing...
    48Meghan 48Meghan 13-15 3 Responses Feb 5

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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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    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 with autistic behaviours is extremely isolating, not in the least because all the "good intentions" do not know your child. They require your...
    huboo huboo 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 19

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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 Anxiety Disorder and said she was on the spectrum of Aspergers syndrome (hope I spelt that correctly).  Since then I have been...
    hammy hammy 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2007

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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 come run in the 50 meter race. She is highly Autistic. Apparently, the coaches set up an open 50 meter race for children...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses May 9, 2012

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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 our challenges. He's had tantrums so extreme that the local public school decided they couldn't teach him with the other kids. He's...
    OhDaddyMmm OhDaddyMmm 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 11

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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 hardest thing i have done in my life. He is currently receiving T.S.S. and B.S.C. services. I am in the process...
    jaynjacquismom jaynjacquismom 21-25, F 2 Responses Aug 31, 2007

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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 group that could well do with a welcome posted somewhere.I'd like to offer a welcome to anyone that reads these...
    EternallyHopeful EternallyHopeful 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 19, 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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    A Nightmare Come To Life. . .Ranting...

    You know that dream in which you get to class only to discover that a) you're late b) it's the last class of the term and c) there's a final that's just finished that you knew nothing about? A version of it came true today in real life. But it's worse. It involved my child...
    theremustbeawayout theremustbeawayout 51-55 3 Responses Nov 23, 2013

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    Homeschooling à Child With Asperger's

    Is there anyone in this group who is homeschooling their special needs child. I decided to teach my child at home this year using a K12 program thru our public school districts Virtural School. My son, age 10 has Asperger's and High Functioning Autism. (Yes. there is a difference...
    amc92 amc92 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 10, 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 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

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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  him way before the doctors did,eventhough he is deaf and going to a deaf school i noticed some charateristics ...
    rene rene 21-25, F 3 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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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 feel like my life has taken an unplanned direction and I can somehow “get back on track,” however; I wonder if I’m...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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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 born with a HUGE cleft palate. Had 3 surgeries before his 4th birthday - 1 for inguinal hernia and 2 other surgeries to repair the palate. He...
    MyAdam MyAdam 36-40 2 Responses Feb 15, 2013

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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 the first year I didn't make him join anything. He is socially aware enough to not act like anything is wrong...
    Canada98 Canada98 36-40 1 Response Mar 17, 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 'The Computer', lovingly. He learns spelling words by saying all the letters out loud in a stream and then he knows them...
    laniferous laniferous 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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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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    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 functioning Autism. The DSM V is in the process of being majorly overhauled and all children will be given a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum (ASD) 1,2...
    amc92 amc92 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 7

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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 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

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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 a week ago

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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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    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 noticeable. He was finally diagnosed last week. My question is, how do I know where he is on the spectrum. He is only...
    Kcruise1975 Kcruise1975 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 2, 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 46-50, F 16 Responses Aug 15, 2011

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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 to pass this information on to family and friends. Most of them have backed away and don't really want to be close to my son because they really don't...
    LivingMyDream LivingMyDream 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 17, 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, 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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    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 is him likening me a big part of us taking the next step in are relationship but he is autistic so I was really...
    Stoffi18 Stoffi18 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2013

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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 accepting and seeking help for disabilities. I have family that is diagnosed as Autistic but for many people they would never guess. They are...
    Heartfilia Heartfilia 31-35, F Feb 14

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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 32 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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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 there is nothing I wouldn't do for him. He's all that I truly have in this world. At two years old my wife...
    Valdaine Valdaine 41-45, M 8 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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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 who is on the spectrum. She is on the higher functioning end, but every day is still a challenge for both of us. I...
    fasterpussycat fasterpussycat 46-50, F 16 Responses Mar 7, 2009

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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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    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 31-35, F 12 Responses Feb 28, 2013

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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 that he was very verbal at a year old wouldnt shut up and then at around 14 mos or so he had lost all of his vocabulary and he...
    tearsofmoon tearsofmoon 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 18, 2009

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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 Santa Claus. I think he would have believed it forever. He loves to clean. He would be happy if I bought him a broom, a vacume cleaner, a mop, soap etc...
    briannap1123 briannap1123 46-50 2 Responses Mar 6, 2013

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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 Frog series had some good DVDs out for teaching language basics.  The three we have tried so far have all been great, Letter Factory, Math...
    ward ward 56-60, M 6 Responses Jan 16, 2009

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    4timesblessed 4timesblessed 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    Really, I wrote this because I wanted to find people out there who also have partners with autism but whenever I search things I only ever find negative stuff. Like they had to get...
    CherrypopCheer CherrypopCheer 18-21, F Apr 13

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    I read here in this experience about people who don't want to have children because being a parent isn't for them or it's just how they feel about the matter, which is fine...
    charlie4edwards charlie4edwards 16-17, F Apr 9