Jennifer - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have three autistic children. Ethan, 7, who has a typical autism behaviors. He can greet others, have conversations, interact and behave mostly normal. Then he cant make eye contact, has repetative motions, lines things up, escapes, tippy toe walks, flapps his hands, is in his own world, melt downs, breaks things and people and can spend 96 hours awake. He also has to have full physical care and supervision. He also has bowel issues, eating issues, nerve problems and osteo problems. He was recently changed from all medications he was on which were antipsychotics. Recently, he began explaining that he had new parents and I killed them. He even escapes saying he is going to find his new parents. Life has become interesting especially in mixed company were people are staring, whispering or just plain asking why I dont take him to his parents. OUCH! Then, I have Mikhail, 6, who does not make eye contact, tippy toe walks, does not like to be touched, shuts down in new situations, lives in his own world and uses things for something besides there original use. He has passive aggressive melt downs: he's a piece of jello. He also has mild mental retardation, he is mentally 4. He can eventually form relationships after a long period of time. He has bowel , asthma and anemia issues. Both boys attend school with full time aids to help them. I then have Karma, 2, who we have recently began all the testing and at home services for. She says some words, is attached mostly to me, shuts down in social and new situations, cant stand to be touched, has eye contact, tippy toe walks, flapps hands and has melt downs. My problem is ,that as I begin the journey toward divorce and being a single mom, how do I deal with this latest problem that Ethan may have inherited from my husband? I know autism through studying and discussing with professionals. I am a little fuzzy when it comes to this issue. How will this change our lives? Has anyone heard of or dealt with an autistic with schizophrenia? I am lost at this new problem.