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I Have a Child With Autism

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 16-17 3 Responses Feb 5, 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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    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 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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