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At The Autism Site, we hope to bring people whose lives have been touched by autism spectrum disorders together to support one another. This is a safe place to share your story with people who understand, and to share hope for all those affected by autism. Your story might be about yourself or your child, someone you've loved your whole life, or someone you met only briefly. With one in every 88 children on the spectrum, the number of people affected by autism is growing every day.
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hi i am teresa gowin and i have A grandson that has Autism at the age of 32 months he was diagonsed with this terrible disadility his name is christopher m gowin and now he is 14 he gos to vanderbilt for thearpy and is in A life skilled program it has been great for him he gos to richview middle school he loves to play video games loves cat he loves to take pictures he is A good boy vanderbilt has brought hope back in to our life chris is A blessing and our Angel from Above he is A Angel
My daughter Andrea is a remarkable young lady not because she is my daughter, but what she has been through in her 11 years of life. She is funny, smart, and courageous little girl. She has came from being non-verbal to a little girl who can carry on a conversation with her peers due to all the help from her therapists and hard work. She was also at a young age a "runner" where ever Andrea went she ran. When going anywhere with Andrea at a younger age it was very challenging because she had no sense of fear and she would try to run in streets, parking lots, and running through stores and now she is very aware of her surroundings and very detailed to where she is. Andrea gives her 110% at school. She is very eager to learn new things and is wanting to please her teachers and her peers with her knowledge. Andrea also is in dance! Even with her challenges the teachers and students accept her and urge her on to do her best! I'm very proud of Andrea and her accomplishments and can't wait to see what is in store for this wonderful little girl. She is simply amazing and I'm very honored to be her Mommy. I Love You, Andrea!
hi i just to let u know litte both me and my bother Paul is now 17 but he found out at age 2 that his life was never going to be the same he in now in high school but way that not all i have to said i found at 21 year old am now 24 live with it is not easy at all at the time i did not know what was in i lean more both it and i lean to find out that i did have it was still hard to make friends but i have 4 closes best friends yes am date but hard every day know that i have to deal with it my dad is take care of us both but will tell u some stuff that i do like because of being born with it.
stuff i like .
1, Ronald Regan .
being born with it some thing i never want to happen but how god made me and him if u do find out u have it be hard to hear it trust me on that part i still wish find out at a yearly age thank u for reading i hope it hleps
my bother Paul and I found out diffent ages he found out 2 year old I found 21 year old is really in life know u diffent then other u found u have be hard to hear it did know what it was now do !!!
Ask for Anything More
A Mother can never ask for more you see
When all her children have learned from thee
She give all with unconditional love
Only asking for strength from above
But to her surprise all her kind acts and words
Were watched closely by her little song birds
Now as they have grown into adult him and hers
They replicated every act of kindness showing the world
Being a physician assistant, shrink, with two special education teachers in all
Giving back to humanity from their beckoning call
Little did the mother quite understand at the time
How her acts of kindness was seen by them all and will help them define
What is truly the most rewarding feeling in their lives
One can never fully understand how a mothers role with her children is the most sacred of all
How she is joyous by now watching them grow and spreading their own kindness wherever they go
I can rest peaceful now one day it will be
Knowing in a small little way thru my kids I contributed to thee
How proud I am to let my song birds go
With all the understand of what is most important in life being known
Marrying someone with Asperger's and I thought he only had quirks
The song birds informed me with all their education you see
How their mother is so giving with his special needs there will be
But they said love him with all your might such as you did me
And he too will learn from your kindness such as us how great life can be
As I lay down each night feeling tired and sore
I thank up above and to this I had swore
How can a mother ask for anything more?
Adam Lanza, the young man who shot 26 people, including 20 children, at his own
elementary school in Newtown, CT, exhibited strange behavior some thought to be Autism,
or Aspergers Syndrome, based on literature found in his home, as well as his public and private
behavior. What Adam really suffered from was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Recall that he was wearing black combat style clothing, had an innate understanding of a variety
of powerful guns, and kept detailed logues of his plans and actions leading up to the shooting.
Oversensitive to all kinds of stimulii, he avoided crowds, was extremely intelligent, and had an interest
in the military at the early age of four. Was wearing combat clothing, understood sophisticated
weaponry and wanted to join the military at age four? What would possibly cause this unusual,
and what some would describe as aggressive, behavior in someone so young and sheltered, and living
in an affluent, educated and secure community? Adam's PTSD, identified as Autism within the
context of today's events and current medical understanding, was actually caused by severe
traumatic combat experiences in his Past Life. Indeed, the cure for Autism, and the
means to its understanding, is to perform a hypnotherapy procedure called Past Life
Regression on the person suffering Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. Only then will you
discover what is actually causing the client's Autistic symptoms today, and how to begin treating it.
10/2/06 @ 10:20am is when my life changed for the better. It's a complete mystery to know what anyone's thinking/feeling until they tell you. My handsome 8 yo Autistic son named Aiden, gives me power/strengths/guides me to faith/enriches me w/ patience/overwhelms me w/ understanding. I never thought that I could love anyone so much. I have 3 other beautiful children & my love for them is so overwhelming. How can anyone love more than that?
Aiden does that to everyone he meets. His smile's so warming, his presence is breathtaking. The best part is when our worlds meet. It makes your heart stop, I want to just squeeze him so tight. His demand for your eye contact/attention is pure love, can’t be described.
When my ex called divorce, I knew I had to keep it together for my children. It was so hard. A wk. after he left us, I had that great visit w/ the doctor telling me about Autism. I didn't grasped “Autism/Autistic Child” for @ least 4 mo. I didn’t want to accept it. But I knew I had to for Aiden’s sake.
Being a single mom of an Autistic child hasn't been a walk in the park, but it builds your faith, & overwhelms you w/ love, you flow over w/ patience & you wonder, “How do I keep my understanding for his ways?”, but it is all so worth it each & everyday.
I wouldn’t trade 1 second of my life for a Non-Autistic Child. The love is the best part of Aiden.
I don’t think of Aiden as my Autistic Child, he's my Mystical Child. Rare & is such a mystery. There's no other way to look at him. I thank God for all my children, & the strength God has given me through all that I've learned from Autism, having children, & my love for all.
Being a parent of an Autistic child's a keep your chin up/hold your faith/remember who you are/who needs you/love all around you, kind of world. Autism is not contagious/it doesn’t judge/it's confused/but is always trying to learn.
There are so many beautiful moments that I share with my child, however this one in particular was very special. My son Dawson is 8, beautiful and full of life, he and his little brother are my heartbeats. We were headed to school one morning and he was telling me something about Winnie the Pooh that he had heard in school the day before. I asked him if he knew the Tigger song? I began to sing to him, The wonderful thing about Tiggers, A Tiggers a wonderful thing, their tops are made of the rubber, their bottoms are made of the spring, their bouncy, bouncy, bouncy ,bouncy.. Fun fun fun fun fun. The wonderful, wonderful thing about Tiggers is I'm the only one. I-I-Im the only one! He replied to me. Wow,mommy! Tigger is just like me! I said how so? He said the wonderful thing about Dawson is I'm the only one!! I said that is so right! We teach him thats its great to be different and unique, just like Tigger, and to embrace that because he is so very special. It was such an amazing moment we shared! We still sing the song but now we put Dawson in place of Tigger and change the rubber and spring part. He is one amazing little boy, like no other. He has overcome so many challenges and much adversity, including several surgeries from birth due to a defect. Dawson is a miracle child at Shands Hospital in Gainesville FL (GO GATORS!!!) and a children's miracle network ambassador. We still have a very long road to travel but we have already come so far and never looking back! It hasnt always been easy but it will forever be worth it. He is going to do great things, I just know it! God bless ya'll..
~ Different, Not Less
Disability or gifted???? I hope some of you share in my thoughts??? My granddaughter Arianna is on the Autism spectrum. Have I ever thought of her with a disability,absolutely NOT!!!!! I often wonder if we are the ones with the disability???? She has taught every person who knows her so many lessons,she is only 6 years old!!! Her Pop says he sees God right inside of her,her Mom says shes a gift from God,friends comment they would luv to see thru her eyes-where the world has no sadness or hatred,her teachers say she has an aura around her and for me she is Angelic!!!! She is the most gentle,kind,luving and happy person I have ever met!! She has shown appreciation,gratitude and luv with no words,could we imagin being about to do that??? She has begun to talk and with that shes taught us to embrace words,never to take anything for granted and how special the world really can be!!!! She will excel,there is no doubt in that--so for that she is gifted!!!
At the age of 25 I walked into the hospital to give birth to my second child. A day later I was told my baby girl had Down's syndrome. My world came crashing down around me. A year and a half later I was told that my eldest son, then two and a half years old had high functioning autism.
At 26 years old I was finished. Beaten. I had no idea how to make it through and struggled desperately to come to terms not only with my children's conditions but also how to reach them both as a mother and find the right support for their needs.
I battled with feelings of shame and denial, the prejudiced attitudes of others and profound sadness. Yet all the while I was determined to make it through to find away to create a happy, fun life for our family.
At the age of 29 I gave birth two months prematurely to twin girls but with no risks to their health and regular development.
Yesterday, April 8, my e-book A Brief Moment in Time, published by ASD Publishing Co. was released and I told my story to the world of how as a family we made it through. And also how I taught my barely verbal son to communicate with me and others, to understand the value of choice, to understand and manage anxiety fueled meltdowns, to master the rules of social engagement and ultimately to have confidence in himself.
At the age of ten, my son wrote the dedication page to A Brief Moment in Time. In it he wrote:
'The medicine to take away the ASD is always teaching and listening.'
I hope that my story can inspire you.
A Brief Moment in Time is available for download now on from: