Amy Ames

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child Is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. Always explaining. . . What fears do you face as you raise your child? Facing fears of his...

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Hayley France

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child Is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. My children are wonderful, creative, intelligent people. My daughter is the most empathetic...

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Terralyn Polege

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. It's being on pins and needles wondering if the school will call yet again to tell you your...

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SUZANNE foley

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. How we struggle to communicate with her and how frustrated she gets when no one understands...

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Rachel Childs

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. No rest. The swing of extreme trauma, panic and fighting emotional and other fires, to laughing...

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Gina Boyan

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child Is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. I struggle with sadness when my 8 year old child isn't invited to parties, etc. like other...

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Linda Deleon

Autism Spectrum Disorder

My Diagnosis Story

What symptoms led up to the diagnosis? I noticed when my son was a baby, he did not speak baby talk, or even sounds.   His milestones were delayed, such as walking, moving, crawling,...

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Linda Deleon

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. I have a hard time answering this because I am a mother, who realizes she cannot use the same...

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Nina Silman

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like, And I Love It!

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. It’s like being on a constant roller coaster, you think you have just cracked it, then something...

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Tracey McMann

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The First Signs of Autism I Noticed

What signs did you notice first and when? At about 7 or 8 months, she would not let us feed her with a spoon. She would put her hands in her food and suck it off them.  As time...

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Alison Blasdale

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Watching the Loss of My Mom to Alzheimer's Disease

How did you first feel when your mother told you that she had Alzheimer's/Dementia? Very sad for her. She was a nurse and had cared for so many elderly patients herself for years....

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Kaye Chastain

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Grandmother to an Autistic Child Is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. How about from a grandmother? This is an essay I wrote, basically for myself a couple of...

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Meredith McGill

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. Being an autism mom is not easy. I think people who don't know much about autism assume it's...

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Darla Fox-Dennison

Autism Spectrum Disorder

It's not as easy as it looks, and it looks hard as crap.

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. It's balance. It's struggle. It's stress. It's wonderful. It's tragic. It's life. You...

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Alicja Baszak

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. You are not just a mom. You are becoming a teacher, therapist, rights activist, layer, doctor,...

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Laurel Hooton Jordan

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Being a Mom to an Autistic Child is Really Like

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. It is like swimming in the ocean. You learn the ebb and flow of tides and waves. You learn...

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Janice Messinger

Autism Spectrum Disorder

How Autism Has Affected My Life

Who in your life has been affected by autism and how? My son. Where is your loved one on the spectrum? Acceptable behavior. What do you wish people would understand about autism?...

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Karen Dawson

Autism Spectrum Disorder

It's a roller coaster ride, a never ending roller coaster ride.

What is it like being an autism mom? The ups, the downs, and the emotional struggle. It can be private and lonely.   It is very scary for autistics and you have to always be on...

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Angela Curtis

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The First Signs of Autism that I Noticed

What signs did you notice first and when? I noticed from around age 2. His speech was virtually non-existent and he didn't have great eye contact. He also hated to be hugged....

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Gillian Reece

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Were the First Signs of Autism You Noticed?

What signs did you notice first and when? Looking back as a baby our son had extreme colic and was just a very difficult to pacify baby. But no real signs until he was two or...

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