How Raising a Child On The Autism Spectrum Helps Me As A Military Wife

How Raising a Child On The Autism Spectrum Helps Me As A Military Wife

How Raising a Child On The Autism Spectrum Helps Me As A Military Wife Raising a child on the autism spectrum has taught me a lot over the years. There are so many lessons to be learned when your child needs a little extra help and a little extra patience. Some of these lessons have helped me as a military wife and through the years of everything that comes with being a military family. Life doesn’t always look the way you think it should One of the biggest lessons I have learned by having a child on the autism spectrum …

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A Letter To My Son With Autism On World Autism Awareness Day

A Letter To My Son With Autism On World Autism Awareness Day

A Letter To My Son With Autism On World Autism Awareness Day In January of 2012, we sat in the doctor’s office and heard what we had suspected about our then five-year-old son. After three or four months of testing, meeting with the doctor, and answering questions about him, our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s. As we were waiting to hear what his diagnosis was, I did my own research and came to the same conclusion. It was the only thing that made any sense. My biggest fear going into that appointment was not that he would tell me what was …

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Back To School With Special Needs

Back To School With Special Needs

Back To School With Special Needs Summer is almost over for us. The boys go back to school next week. My son with Asperger’s is going to start 3rd grade! I find that a little hard to believe. It seems like we were just getting ready for him to start kindergarten. What a nervous mom I was that summer. We were working with our ABA therapists to get him ready for school. He had been in preschool but kindergarten was something else. We were able to get a schedule of what his school day would like ahead of time and went …

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How I Knew My Son Had Autism

  “Well after looking at everything I feel comfortable in diagnosing him as having Asperger’s which is on the Autism spectrum.” This is what the behavioral doctor said to us after three months of testing. We were not surprised. This was in 2012 and now they have eliminated Asperger’s as a diagnoses but from what I understand, Drew is grandfathered in and is still considered to have it. We started to think something was a little off when he was four. He started preschool for the first time and was having a lot of trouble with it. His older brother …

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Dear Asperger’s, You Can Shove It

My son has Asperger’s. We have known this for almost three years now. It has been a challenge for us, some days more than others. I don’t have Asperger’s but I sometimes can understand why he feels the way he does. Why he gets so frustrated. I get it. Not 100% and not to the degree that he does but I can understand a little bit. I get why he gets so frustrated when things don’t go the way he thought they were going to go. It is almost as if he wakes up every morning with a list of what …

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Give Forward and Erase Love With Hate

I was saddened to hear the story of a 14-year-old boy with Autism who was bullied by a group of kids in Bay Village, OH. The boy was going to do the ice bucket challenge but instead of pouring a bucket of ice over his head they filled it with urine, feces and spit. Not only did they do this but they also videotaped it and put it on Instagram. What a horrible thing to do to someone. Bullying can be such an awful thing. As a parent of special needs children, I worry sometimes that they will be bullied …

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How My Son With Asperger’s Is Doing In The Second Grade

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How My Son With Asperger’s Is Doing In The Second Grade My son was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was five. That was in the middle of his preschool year. We started with ABA therapy right away. He started kindergarten a few months later. That was a challenging year. He had full-time ABA with him at school. 1st grade was similar only we encountered some other issues. However, other types of behaviors got better. It seems like it is two steps forward, one step back with him. In the middle of last year I felt strongly that it might be …

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Taking A Child With Autism To Church

Taking A Child With Autism To Church

Taking a child with Autism to church can be a different type of struggle. Finding a good church home can be difficult for anyone. Add in a child that doesn’t always do or act the way everyone else does makes it even more complicated. We have been trying to find that mix between going to a church we believe in, with people who are loving and welcoming, where our kids can learn about God and Jesus. We have attended great churches where we just didn’t agree with the theology as much as we would have wanted to. We have gone to …

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Life As A Special Needs Mom

Life As A Special Needs Mom

In 2007, my almost three-year old boy was diagnosed with a developmental delay. We first realized something was going on when by 2.5 he was not saying a whole lot. He could say a handful of word such as “mama” or “ball”but he was not talking like the other 2.5 year olds we knew. I don’t remember being terribly upset about this. I knew that if we knew what was wrong it would be a lot easier to get him help. He started a developmental preschool right away. At age 5.5 when we moved to Tennessee he started extra speech therapy …

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