Category : Autism

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Autism Broke Me Today

Autism broke me yesterday. It took my already fragile mind and smashed it to pieces. It took my emotional state and shook it until in crumbled to nothing in front of me. Autism broke me and left me scarred. I thought I’d moved past the damage autism could do to me but it’s been creeping

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Autism And It’s Effects On Your Relationship

I know I risk laying myself and my husband bare here but I can’t help thinking this is extremely important. I want others to know its not just them. The plain truth is not many relationships that involve special needs children make it the whole nine yards. Before we became parents, Lee and I were

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Don’t Underestimate Autistic Children

They can. I didn’t think they would but they do. I wrote them off but they’ve come back fighting and now they can. And now I know they can. This blog is a memoir of emotions. It’s not a journal of my life or my children’s lives. It’s a week by week account of my

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Parents of Autistic Children Have a Different Path

You will meet many parents through this journey who don’t respond to autism the same way you do. I’ve written before that even though you are seemingly in the same boat you are still very different people and this leads to many different “truths”. I’m trying to change myself in small steps. What I’m desperately

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A Personal Story About Autism

On the 5th February, 2004 we were told by a Speech Therapist that our beautiful son was probably ‘autistic’ and that we should have him ‘assessed’. We were absolutely devastated and cried for three days straight while Ryan just played repetitive pointless games, locked in a world of silence, seemingly unaware of our grief. We

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Autism Therapies

Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model DIR/Floortime was developed by Dr Stanley Greenspan and it focuses on helping children master the building blocks of relating, communicating and thinking, rather than on the symptoms of ASD alone. “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is

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Something For Fathers of Autistic Children

The days after we were told that our son had Autism we cried continually. Our early emotions were of loss. More specifically I was mourning the loss of the dreams that I had for my first born – my son. My dreams of the professional footballer, the eminent scientist or successful business man had been

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What Is Autism?

Autism is a disorder which is diagnosed using the DSM-IV criteria by a team of professionals including a Paediatrician, Speech Pathologist and Psychologist. An outline of these criteria can be viewed at http://ani.autistics.org/dsm4-autism.html Autism is mainly seen as a social and communication disorder with children having a restricted range of behaviours and interests. Autism is

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