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I Have a Child With Autism

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

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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 4 Responses Dec 31, 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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    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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    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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    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 30 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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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...
    NativeSociety NativeSociety 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 26

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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 17 Responses May 24, 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 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 28, 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

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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 10 Responses Apr 12, 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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    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 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 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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    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 2 Responses Jul 28, 2013

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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

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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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    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 10 Responses Apr 5, 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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    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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    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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    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 Jun 22

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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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    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 5 Responses Mar 12

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I Hate The Canadian Education System.

    I just don't know what to do anymore. My son is autistic, as many of you know.  I write stories about him here now and then as his magical soul touches my world...he is the absolute best thing in my life and I love him with all my heart.  I will do *anything* for this child...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 10 Responses Sep 20, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Apr 16

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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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    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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    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 26-30, F 7 Responses May 14, 2013

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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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    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 12 Responses May 10, 2013

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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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    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

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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 12 Responses Apr 2, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 5 Responses Jun 13, 2013

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