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  •  I keep telling our mainstreamed autistic son this- (6+ / 0-)

    that he needs to hang in there, through all the confusion and near-bullying and loneliness and rejection, and he needs to make it through middle school and high school and get grades that will let him get into college.  And that in college it will be SO DIFFERENT.  We talk about this a lot.  It really is true, and kids need to hear from people they look up to and who care about them, who tell them this.  To hang in there.  It will get better.  

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:44:45 PM PST

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    •  From one parent of an autie to another (2+ / 0-)
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      Chrislove, 207wickedgood

      My son is not mainstreamed (was, but he wasn't making sufficient progress).  13, still in pull-ups, and functionally non-verbal.  But on most days, I say this mantra to him:

      You are strong, you're handsome,
      you're smart, you're clever
      you're resourceful and you're funny.
      You are
      the best boy
      in the whole
      And I

      He loves it.  I tend to make a big production of saying the words, with gestures.  I've been doing that since he was around 5 years old.

      Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

      by aravir on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:59:49 AM PST

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