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I Have a Child With Autism

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    Hi my 5 year old son just been diagnosed with

    autism. He is high function n so smart. He has speech delays for his age. I turned to this network from som tips on how to raise him and make him as independent as possible
    jjcairo jjcairo 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 7

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 31, 2007

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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, 2014

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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...
    Allie9273 Allie9273 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 7, 2014

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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 26 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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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 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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    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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    I am raising a child with autism.

    He isn't my son but fortunately for me he's living with me and i have the pleasure of being in his life. This is a very sensitive topic for me and I easily become emotional when talking about him. Having raised him since birth has taught me to truly love. I still struggle with...
    NYMPHAI NYMPHAI 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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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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    He's high functioning.

    Has Aspergers. He looks like a regular 13 year old kid but when he asks questions over and over people think he's strange. He doesn't understand empathy or emotions. It can be very difficult sometimes. But he's such a great kid! I love him so much!
    hazeleyedangel68 hazeleyedangel68 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2014

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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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    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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    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 a week ago

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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 Dec 19, 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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    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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    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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    I have 3 children with autism.

    9, 9 and 10. One of my daughters is more higher functioning and she just got reevalutated for receiving special needs at school. (They all did). Well, they just told me that her needs are cognitive. They said its not so much her autism, as it is that shes got lower IQ. I never...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 31-35, F 6 Responses Mar 18

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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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    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 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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    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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    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 5 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I have a 16 year old son with autism.

    He is nonverbal. I would like to connect with other parent of nonverbal children . He is transitioning into adulthood. I like to find mentor or at least someone to talk to.
    gmc463 gmc463 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    My son turns 12 soon.

    Can anyone tell me what to expect when he starts puberty? He would hump his stuffed animals before going to sleep every night consistently from age 3 until he was around 10. I wonder if he will start this behavior again.
    becauseracecar94dc2 becauseracecar94dc2 41-45, M Dec 24, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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