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 Am Helping My Son With Asperger’s Through Summer

Having a child with Asperger’s means summer can be quite a challenge. There will not be school and a regular routine so you have to make one. There are a lot of activities for kids but they might not be right for your child. It can be difficult to decide what to do. I have come up with a few things to help this summer. My son is eight and if I let him he would spend the entire summer playing video games. I have to really try hard to get him interested in other things. 1) Pool time. He …

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back When Raising a Special Needs Child

When my oldest was diagnosed with a developmental delay, I knew that someday he would grow out of it. Then a few years later my 2nd little boy was diagnosed with Asperger’s. This was a whole different ball game. He would always be autistic. That would never ever go away. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t make progress or that he never improves. It means that we will work with him over the years to be able to grow and learn how to live in this world. We started with ABA therapy and now we have a great team who work with him at …

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Knowing What Your Special Needs Child Can Handle

Before my son was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of five, I already knew something was different about him. I would take him to the hourly care on post and I would have to prep him a lot. I would have to go over how he was supposed to act, what to do if he got frustrated and all of that. I would also let him know what his reward would be for having a good day. If I didn’t do this, it really increased his chances of having a bad day. I suppose most parents might do this. …

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

Asperger's

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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