Any moms of Autistic children here?

Mikki - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old's pediatrician believes that he may be Autistic. I am taking him to Akron Childrens' Hospital so he can be evaluated but a lot of the signs are there. Does anyone have an advice? Can you tell me a little bit of what to expect. Thank you!

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Tara - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi. My four year old was officially diagnosed last year but we had him working with speech and occupational therapist by the time he was two. He is an incredible child and I wouldn't change him for the world =)
You will find there are lots of options in treatment out there and people vary greatly with their advice but as his Mom you are his best advocate - ultimately you will understand his needs and what works best for your family better than anyone. My advice is to remember these kids are unique like all children are so beware of one "cure" fits all programs. Personally, I don't believe my son is damaged. He is an unique individual and although sometimes challenging (show me a kid who isn't!) learning about the world from his perspective has been an amazing experience. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hello.I have a 16 yr old Autistic child.From my experiance with my son, it has been a very long road.Remember to remind yourself,this isnt your fault.Autism is more common then you know.There are slot of websites that support this condition, and there are meds that can help too.My son is very smart, he is a little more hyper, and he lacks empathy, meaning, he lacks alot of emotions to different things, but he is still my baby..even tho he isnt a baby.You will be fine and so will your little one.Ask alot of questions..demand answers..have faith be strong.my prayers are with you!

Lindsay - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi Mikki! You may be able to find more information specific to your situation by finding a group solely for parents with autistic children. You can do this by going under "My Communities", then click all communities and search for autism. That way you may be able to better find people that are in similar situations! I hope this helps...=)

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Sharlene - posted on 10/15/2011

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Ive got a 8 yr old boy darls it does get better down the track with the right souces and therapies and intervention programes even parent gruops for yourself and hubbie . My son got test for autsim at 1.5 yrs old wen t in to intervention programs and therapies and respite care helped alot now my son u can have a proper conversation and her gives feed back and hes well behaviored with beauiful manners I could notg ask for a better chils if I didnt have the intervention and therapies and support gruops for parents look Im always on here if you ever want to message me again feel free all the best darls

Sheri - posted on 10/14/2011

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the only advice i can give you is find alot of support and find a lot of patiants for your child. it will get harder befor it gets easy. i dont want to scare you but im there now,we just found out 2yrs ago that my son was autistic, and it has been a rollercoaster ride. but there is one good thing about this is if you sit back and whatch him you will learn alot from him. but one thing is try to take time for yourself. i need to take my own advice but its not easy to do. i hope this helps

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My first advice is to not have any more vaccinations. Start giving probiotics. There are many websites that are great. There are so many things I could tell you. Go to homefirst.com, gordonresearch.com, and Jenny McCarthy's site for starters. We went through this with my grandson a few years ago that is fully recovered. No one knows he ever had a problem. He doesn't even know. You can be successful too. Ask God to guide you and fight for your child (which I know you will). Hope to talk with you more. I know where you are because we were there too.

Dawn - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi Mikki, I am a mother and an occupational therapist who has been working with children with PDD an autism for many years. I'm so happy that you are having your son evaluated at 20 months. Early intervention is the best thing that you can do for your son right now. There are several different treatment approaches. Research them all!! Good luck.

Renee - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi Mikki we're here in the autism/asbergers section. Join us there! We've all been where you're at.

My advice - bring your child, don't sugar coat, they will probably ask you LOTS of questions. Now is the time to tell them exactly what your child is doing or NOT doing. For example, my sons doctor asked me at the eval does your son talk to you? Well I thought yes since he said a few words - that's not communicating, that's saying a few words, they had little or no meaning behind them. Does your son really make eye contact with you? Does he avoid your eyes? Does he play interactively with your or with other children or does he play along side the other children. Will he engage you in play? Like bring a toy for you to play with him? Just a few questoins they will likely ask, the will ask ALOT more! Good luck!

Mikki - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:

Hi Mikki! You may be able to find more information specific to your situation by finding a group solely for parents with autistic children. You can do this by going under "My Communities", then click all communities and search for autism. That way you may be able to better find people that are in similar situations! I hope this helps...=)


Thank you Lindsay!

Cynthia - posted on 11/12/2009

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Its a good thing for him to show all signs the Dr. will have a good idea what he is dealing with mom please don't be indenial except it with grace there is help after that try i get the best help for your child i am a care giver with Autistic children i am in the field for 20 yrs. for example i had a little boy at age 2 he had no signs untill 3 then it was a challenge but today he is 10 and he is a brillant child they need lot of love good nutrition no sugar diet.lot of omega its a chemical imblance and some cases it the needles they get it is not your fault so don't blame yourself. They need lot of love,rewards,and praises to accouplice tasks so be patient hope i help a little please send me some comments to what the Dr. say's cynthia.

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