Autism: Where to begin?

November 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

“High-functioning Autism,” was only one of many labels given to my son before he was four. “He’ll need to be on Ritalin by first grade,” was only one of the many comments made by a doctor (which we completely ignored). When Autism took the light from my son’s eyes I didn’t know where to turn for help. I didn’t understand Autism and I didn’t know where to begin. After 18 doctors, 18 different answers and countless “programs” designed to helped him I began to search on my own – ultimately finding answers to questions I would have never thought to ask.

“Braniac,” “One of the smartest people I’ve ever known” and “Delightful” are labels now regularly attributed to my son. Seven years after my search began my son talks clearly (sometimes too much!) and usually sounds like a normal nine-year-old. His amazing memory and cognitive abilities have allowed him a position on the Gifted & Talented ‘Battle Books’ club. He is writing his fifth book and is formulating his first website. At nine-years-old, his future looks bright and the light has returned to his eyes, once again.

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Raising a child with autism is the begining of a magical journey. It is NOT the end of the world. After 7000 hours of research, I share what I have learned with other families. By detailing our journey I hope to be there for other families and offer my knowledge.

When my son was two years old he began to disappear into an "invisible box" where he couldn't be reached. Words he once spoke disappeared and hollow eyes replaced his bright eyes. When he was eventually diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder I had already been researching. When 18 doctors gave me 18 different answers I began to search for a better truth.

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