Autism

The ?Benefit of Special Needs

There are some benefits to having special needs children but it's not always the benefits that are at the forefront of their parents minds. You have one child with special needs and there can be times of devastation and times of grieving. It's a death of the life that you assumed you would have with your child. But as you move forward, you realize that your child is not any different than what you thought of your child the day before the diagnosis.

Then you debate or maybe some couples don't debate whether to have more children. Could God possibly give you more than one child with special needs? You can be all philosophical and say that all children have special needs in their own way but parents with a special needs child really know what special needs children are really about.

But than your younger child turns out to have special needs too. You justify it by saying that he'll only qualify for one year of funding but than that year comes and goes and than you find out that their are more needs that you weren't even aware of the first year.

In a parent's eyes, you see your child as equal as the rest. No deficiencies. How can your child have special needs? Than you take your child to soccer, the activity your child begged you to play just one year before, and it is such a battle to get him to the playing field. What! That just doesn't make any sense? This child was begging to play soccer. So tell me...what is it about your child's brain that is preventing him from playing soccer? But yet you go to the doctor and the pediatrician attempting to get the preliminary assessments completed to confirm what your heart really knows. The things in your heart that your heart is so desperately trying to dismiss. Everything inside you that is hoping you will be wrong this one time.

The doctor states that medication could confirm a diagnosis but isn't there any kind of systematic way of testing first prior to giving medications. Am I the doctor? Am I the one to diagnose? Who is paid the big bucks here for so many years of schooling? Or is this not their problem? Is it a way of passing the buck to someone else?

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Respite

It has been absolutely wonderful having the funding for Dave and I to escape the stressors of autism and family. Unfortunately, we have had more funding than help at times but when we have had the support, it has been such a great break.
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Food Issues

As you are all probably aware, food issues with autism seem to go hand and hand. When Zach was little, I never ever thought this child would eat. Just getting him to eat anything seemed like an accomplishment. The variety of foods was very limited. Breads and cereals and milk products seemed to be the norm. Sadly, fruits and vegetables not so much.
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Summer Camp

Sending a child with autism to camp What should we do? Some of my fondest memories as a child were at summer camp. Now our little Zachary is seven and that is a natural time for a child to start going to summer camp.
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