mum to 2 girls and one little man with ASD and ADH
My young newphew showed signs there such as lack of speech, rocking and major tantrums in big crowds. It has taken years of speech therapy, social interaction with our big family, and a alot of love and patience to what he had achieved today. True he wont thrive highly on certain subjects at school, but he is a lot better now than he was at 2 years old.
He is such a sweetie, lovessss babies and is highly entertained by them which is great cos there has been a few new additions to teh big family and is stocked to have another "boy cousin" as he puts it to play with. But with that he can be a very cheeky boy who will still push boundries, and he knows who he can push them with and get away with it.
But in regarding the signs after the 12mth injections, what are they? My son is only 6 mths and it would be nice to be warned about the signs.
(hugs) to you all
Rob 26.oct.92 Shona 28.may.07 Bryce 15.april.08
From being at daycare for 3 years he has coming along in leaps and bounds and is not the same kid as he was back when he was first diagnosed he is not in his own little world, he is doesn't line toys up to the same degree, doesn't head butt things and the only does he does scream is usually when he is excited he now plays with children than along the side of them.He is 75% toilet trained so hopefully as he gets older he will independently take himself to the toilet.Shopping is still hard he would happily walk around the mall and doesn't care about the loud noise but standing at the counter he will wandered out of my sight.He can say Dad(Dadda), Bye, Gone, Again, Cheese, Up, Down, That One, That Way I am sure there is a few but can't think of any.He is just learning to count and can say 1, 2, 3, 4 and 10 the other numbers are just mimmick sounds.He can write and recognise his own name, as well as Mummy, Daddy, Nana and Grandad and has been doing this for about 8 month. Only since last christmas he has just to learnt to write numbers from 1-20.
We have looked at special needs school and they were all worse than Jacob, and being the copycat that he is he would copy their behaviour and we don't want him to pick up on it.Where we live there is a school that is only 2 years old so we have decided to send him to a mainstream as we want him in a class where kids are talking plus he has just been accepted for the high level of ORRS funding which he will be get a teacher aide etc.
I find as a mother of special needs child that I am not a strong person as I do cry about the future my boy will have.We are expecting #2 in Oct and we are scared ****less of the next one having the same problem or more severe but we also happy at the same time to give our son a sibling.
Sorry for the long novel
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DS Jacob 15/4/03 DD Kaitlyn 16/09/2008
I would like to know, what could I do to help if I saw you in the street having 'problems?' What sort of support would you guys like from other parents?
Kienna what you or anyone could do to help is if we are out shopping with a trolly full of groceries and our child is having a melt down ask us if we need help with getting the trolly to the car.
Or if we have other children with us ask us is there anything you can do to help.
I had a fantastic Mum at kindy yesterday ask me if I needed help with Zac he was having a meltdown because he didnt want to leave Kindy. This lady was the only one out of 30 parents that were standing there who offered help. She quite happily carried my DD to the car for me and also carried Zacs kindy bag while I carried him.
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My nephew who has just turned 4 was diagnosed with aspberger's a few months ago and we were so shocked as he has always been really clever and chatty, and probably more advanced than any of his cousins. I think you can have it from birth or develop it.
Isn't there some belief that vaccinations can cause autism? I thought Jenny McCarthy believed her son's chickenpox vaccination caused his autism?
It's all scary isn't it...
I have since wondere if he has aspergers. So much of what I read about early signs of autism is him all over. He was constantly bullied at school for being "different" and has never felt accepted. It has been so tough for him. Sorry. Reading every ones stories has just made it all come up again. Does he have it, doesn't he? Will I ever know? He is 19 , nearly 20, and he moved out of home in Jan. It was hard letting go.
Listening to your stories makes my sad but I also feel such courage coming thru. I wish you all the best and what you are doing is educating the rest of us. Thanks for sharing.
My son is just under 2 years old and has been diagnosed with Autism. We knew that something was different with AJ as he was not talking, could stare at a wall for hours on end, rocked and spun himself and wheels forever. I took him to his 18 month check up and while the doctor wasn't completely concerned I asked to be refered to the pead. From there he beacme concerned with my sons speech, and we then went to the childrens hospital for testing.
He started his speech therapy on Wed, but have been ginven the probable diagnosis that he will only have very basic speech and comunication will be hard to say the least. We now have to look at him having a comunication book and look into other forms of help available for him. He goes back to the childrens hosptial for a checkup atthe end of the year so they can assess his progress from there.
He goes to a daycare where he is now recieving independent help, and the older children have been informed that my son is a litte different to them but he won't hurt them. He is so sweet and you wouldn't know by looking at him that he has any problems.
Most people think of autsistic children or adults behave like the man from "Rain Man" or that they have mental retardation (sorry spelling and if I upset anyone) but this is something like 50-74% of cases.
One thing that I think is best for helping parents in the streets whose children are having meltdowns is not to think of them as bad people, but to realise that the child is frightened by the stimulas that is around them. I know my son can't be out shoping at busy nights and crowded shops as he gets over excited and has a major meltdown.
I have had people literally turn around and accuse me of abusing my son, one even went as far to start calling child services, until i myself broke down and told them that my son is autistic. It is really hard to have a child with the severatity of autism like my son. Helping out with claming down the child or mother is great and you can only imagine how thankful the parents are for the tinest bit of hlp that is given to them.
Having a really supportive family network is soo great and I don't think I would be able to deal with everything that has come to in such a short time. My daughter knows that he is very different to her as she is what is called "gifted" but she also feels the negative affects that are associated with her little borthers problem. She is more loving and helpful for him than anyone can imagine. The most sweetest thing that she ahs said is that she now wants to be a teacher for little kids like her brother as she thinks that they need the most help.