My son is autistic

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I'm pretty much a stay home mom, my son sees 3 therapists out of the week. Things are OK with his regular MD. I sometimes feel like I get overwhelmed like I don't know how to take everything in and handle it all at once I sometimes don't know what to do and I break down but I don't do it in front of my son I usually do it while I'm in the shower. Whenever my son was born I would have never thought he would have been diagnosed with moderate to severe autism we caught it at the age of 11 months old. Till this day it upsets me because I know he won't learn as quick as the other kids will and it frightens me that sometimes. And that's one of my biggest. If you have any suggestions or any advice you can give me please feel free to talk to me I'm here because I don't really have anyone to talk to you that understands and what it's like to be a mother without criticizing how I carry myself or well just if you have time write me thank you

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Dee - posted on 02/24/2016

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Fight for your child...My daughter was diagnosed @ 5 with severe learning disorders and developmental delays...was told to put her in a clinical setting school for special needs children..I got multiple opinions as well as diagnosis, some even more depressing then the first...I educated myself as much as possible about her issues.Read as many books on it as you can!!!..Bombarded her with dance, swimming, gymnastics, piano, and tutoring with specialists every day. I read with her 30-45 minutes every night..Play board games!!! ....Do arts and crafts and cooking with her, getting her hands in all the goo and playing with it....Believe me, it wasn't easy staying calm and not giving up.I found an amazing integrative pediatrician who turned me onto nutrition and multiple vitamin/mineral supplements...We eliminated gluten (not nearly as hard as people think), Diet is CRITICAL!!
It was a battle for over a year!! Tears, temper tantrums....etc. So proud to say she is fully mainstreamed, in top 1/3 of her class...Now loves piano, and dance..(which are both excellent for growing young brains), can sit for a 45min piano lesson no problem. She is now expressive and articulate!! I am grateful!! BUT A LOT OF HANDWORK! I WAS UNWILLING TO ACCEPT THE DIAGNOSIS AND LIMITATIONS of others who just wanted to treat the symptoms...Get to root!!

Jeanette - posted on 02/12/2016

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Hi I have two boys with asd my youngest boy is lovely but very hard work at times I am at home all the time I haven't got many friends as haven't got the time to mix as dealing with my sons it does get lonely slot of time and I do get very down a lot cause things can get tough I think some people don't understand what it is like unless you have children with the same I am on tablets from Dr as been very low lately I love my boys a lot wouldn't change them for the world but it is hard work at times would like to meet mums with children with asd

Linda - posted on 01/14/2016

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My son Ben is also autistic, for a long time I was unable to speak to him. You need to find a topic to connect with him, for Ben he loves music so after I bought him his ukulele he was able to open up more and we formed a new bond.

Courtney - posted on 01/14/2016

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Sometimes we just need to break down. My son hasn't been diagnosed yet, but we are fairly sure he will fall somewhere on the spectrum. I am autistic, at the higher end of the spectrum and my partner is at the aspergers part of the spectrum. Remember, he will live a good life. He has a mother that cares about him, and being autistic in someways has its perks (although the bad parts are really bad).
Hang in there mumma xx

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