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  •  My intention was not to insult anyone. I'm glad (2+ / 0-)
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    coquiero, chimene

    you only need some modifications to make your life easier.

    Many families that I know who have children living with autism struggle.  Many didn't know about what typical development was and didn't know how to help their children sooner.  

    I thought that the more information out there, the better. That's why I posted this diary.

    You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Foundmyvoice on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:29:03 AM PDT

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    •  but it implies that there is something WRONG with (2+ / 0-)
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      being autistic, and there isn't.  Different, yes.  Creating panic in parents because little Johnny didn't speak at X age or isn't ready to be potty trained by Y or isn't as coordinated as the kid next door isn't helping.

      If you view it as a struggle - it will be.  If you adapt to your child's needs, it doesn't have to be.  Obviously I'm on the high functioning end, but part of that is because my parents refused to believe I was disabled.  I wasn't allowed to meltdown in public.  I wasn't allowed to get away with behaviours that were destructive or negative.  I had a lot of quiet.  I had a lot of constructive repetition.

      Dr. Temple Grandin's parents were told she would need to be institutionalised - clearly that wasn't the case.  The assumption that a slow start is an indicator of a lifetime of parental care makes things worse, not better for autistic kids.  The "we have a special needs child" syndrome doesn't help families, it makes problems.  For the autistic kid and any other siblings who may be neglected because the focus put on the special one.  Intervention isn't always the answer - sometime just adapting your time table to your CHILD is the answer.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:43:39 AM PDT

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      •  Just as you don't want to be judged, neither do I. (1+ / 0-)
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        I've dedicated myself to meeting the needs of each of my children, on the spectrum or not.  I expect them all to be as independent and responsible as they can to their ability and age (developmental or otherwise).  They are all kind and caring individuals.  They each have their own personalities and interests.

        My daughter watches Barney, Sesame Street, Dora, etc.  I would never dream of taking those shows away from her because they bring her so much joy. She's been exposed to other interests, some she accepts, some she rejects.  My family accepts her for who she is and she knows it.

        You and I have different perspectives and experiences.  I respect yours, please respect mine.

        I wish you every happiness and success.

        You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Foundmyvoice on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:15:06 AM PDT

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