I was diagnosed a month ago with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I didn't take it as bad news. It is on the contrary a relief to know there's a name for my peculiarities. I can't count the number of times I thought of myself as an alien from another planet to this world. Finding out at the age of 58 was like finding out the name of the street I had been living on for over five decades. My suspicions were first raised some time after I started working with special education students in my hometown school district.
Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max.
Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life.
The Guardian contained an article today on the emerging pool of undiagnosed mothers who are identifying with their diagnosed children and seeing similarities in themselves. I know we have had a few instances on the forum with mothers (and fathers) feeling that they too could be on the spectrum.
You can read the article here.
I have written a little text about how I experience loneliness in general and during Christmas time in particular. Check it out if you like:
How does everyone feel during this particularly busy time of year?
Hi, I have 3 children and my middle child is a boy aged six who has recently been diagnosed with level 1 autism. He had been excluded from school for violent outbursts and a few weeks before Christmas he had his hours reduced to 8.45 - 10am. It became increasingly difficult to get him to go at all and all he wants to do is watch YouTube minecraft videos on his iPad. I told this to the headmaster who said without being condescending take it off of him. Your the adult. Not helpful advice but I tried that evening. And my son didn't stop screaming kicking, biting, spitting and throwing things.
I have a 17 month old daughter who isn't pointing (to indicate want or show something) or talking yet.
However she does the following:
1. Understands words and commands
2. Points to picture books. But does not point to something she needs. Example - she will try to reach to her milk bottle and if unsuccessful would come crying to me but does not explicitly ask for it by pointing
3. She does babble and I'm hearing gibberish but no idea what any of it means
4. She loves her daycare and shows affection to people there and to us parents
I am sorry and very new to this can someone pls tell me roughly how long it takes to get autism diagnosed. Thanks in advance xx