HOW MANY MOMS HERE HAVE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, OR SIGNS OF IT?

Mrs - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My child has autism spectrum.. and I am learning that more and more kids just in our county alone are gettin git or have it... is it in the water??c'mon.. something has to be happening.. i just want to see how many more moms are out there..and I want to tell you that you are not alone with this epedemic!

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Nicole - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son has Asperger's, a high functioning form of Autism... He was diagnosed when he was 3 after a years worth of testing, and he is now 6 and thriving. I've found myself grasping at different ideas of "why" or "how" this happened many times... I also agree--it's shocking to me how many children are on the spectrum these days... Whether it's that parents and doctors are more aware and seek help sooner, or there is something that is causing it--there are so many theories, it's hard to say!! I think it's best that we all stick together though! Parents of special needs kids need an outlet and a support from someone who fully understands what they are going through!!

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Tara - posted on 06/30/2009

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My children do not have Autism, but I work with children that are on the Autism Spectrum ranging from severe to mild and high functioning. More children are being diagnosed with Autism now because of the knowledge and awareness that more people have about Autism. The work I do is in-home therapy that is paid for by the state. The program I work for works on functional skills and behavior managment. The earlier the diagnosis and intervetions or therapy, the better for the child and family. I would suggest looking into what your city, county, and state offers for assistance and help. The children I work with are amazing and it has been incredible to see the progress they have made. Good luck with your journey!

Lizze - posted on 06/30/2009

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my step daughter is autistic. she is high functioning autistic. she was diagnosed when she was about 3. i think that it is far more recognised by the medical profession and this is why so many children are now classed on the spectrum. they seem to look out for the signs more than the did in years gone by as my cousin (who is aspergers) had a hard time bein diagnosed at 5 and there was little info on it 25 years ago! and they werent even sure he was at the time either!!

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2009

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I have a 5 yr old aspergers child who also strugles with ADHD. she is a handful and I am hopeing she will out grow it. this is new to us and we Know nothing about this disorder. I just hope she will be able to attend university when she is old enough. she is workign at a grade 2-3 level but her behavior is out of controll especially in public.

LeeAnn - posted on 06/30/2009

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My 2 1/2 year old daughter was diagnosed with Autism in March. We also found out that she has Velocardiofacial Syndrome. I just knew that she was Autistic, from about a year old, even before we had any testing done. I know it might sound corny, but I watch Dr Phil, and he was doing a show on Autism, and I noticed that she had nearly every single characteristic that the child with Autism had. I had noticed that she was a little behind, but didn't think much of it, since she was staying at home with me, and there weren't any kids around to play with, and watch. We had evalutations, and began to do Early Intervention Services. I did a lot of research online, and in our local library, and learned that there was a test, the MCHAT, that could be done at 18 months. I enrolled her in a special needs school, where she recieved her therapies, and got to be around other children. When she was 18 months, I asked her doc to refer me to Arkansas Children's Hospital, to have formal testing done to find out the reason for her delays. When I went, I expected to get the diagnosis, and did in fact get the diagnosis of Autism. The pediatrician who evaluated her suggested that we do genetic testing, because she felt that my daughter might also have a genetic condition, that could be a trigger, or cause her Autism. We found out that she has Velocardiofacial Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome, or Chromosome 22 Q-11.2 deletion syndrome. We had many more extensive tests, and were lucky to find out that she only has mild symptoms of the disease, and was spared the life threatening ones....Praise the LORD!!! You aren't alone, and I am not saying that your child has a genetic condition as well, but you may want to look into having a genetic consult to rule it out. Hope this helps, and if you want to know any more, just ask.

User - posted on 06/30/2009

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My 2 year old son was diagnosed with ASD about 3 months ago. We are on a waiting list to see a DAN doctor in our area; we can't wait. We saw a huge change in him very shortly after introducing the GFCF diet. It was a pain to start but soooo worth it! We had a tox screen done on him and he had very high levels of aluminum in his blood. I know that it is a touchy subject but I truely believe that the increase in the number of vaccines giving to these poor kids is acting as a trigger (not a cause) of such symptoms. I hope that this does not affend anyone as I know that this is a controversal issue.

Mrs - posted on 06/30/2009

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THIS THURSDAY.. I have a Guy coming to our house to do some testing on my son... to fully diagnose him porperly.. than maybe we can get the help we need thru the state!!

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