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Kelsey's Pageant

"I am the mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism. When she competed in her first pageant, I tried to prepare her for the reality that most girls do not win a crown and a title, but it's still fun. She looked at me with her mega-watt smile and said, 'Don't worry mama, I am going to win a crown tonight.'"

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Life With Daniel

"I posted my story months ago. I had to do a follow up."

"Due to PDD-NOS, my husband was on guardianship with the county. He won the case but was still on guardianship with his grandma. He asked me to marry him October 1, 2013 and began his 10 hour journey to me. We eloped that same day..."

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Ian's Story

Ian's Story

My sweet little man Ian just turned three in September. We found out yesterday that he had autism. He was fast on all of his milestones until he turned two. He had literally just stopped learning. He was picking up on words like a champ, but could not put them in sentences, and it was so frustrating for him not to be able to communicate with me.

I didn't think it was a big deal. I figured he just learned at a slower pace than most kids. The doctor told us at two that he was showing all the signs of it, and I completely ignored him and all the help they offered. I didn't want to believe that my child would ever go through this. I was hesitant to tell people, figuring they would judge or be mean to him, or treat him differently. But I have been reading everyone's stories, and you all have helped me so much through this process because I was scared not knowing what to do.

We do go through the HORRIBLE tantrums. He rocks constantly. He has one favorite toy and that's his woody doll, and he can not literally go anywhere without him. He lines things up and will throw horrific fits if anything is slightly moved. He is so brilliant though — he can work puzzles that are for five year olds. We are now starting the process for his speech and we will just take it day by day.

Whitney, Bluff City, TN

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