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Oh, Happier Days

I’ve definitely been rolling around in the mud of self-pity, sorry, and fear lately.  I’ve also been wearing an Christmas-sweater-ugly cloak of anger.  I’m not really out of this hole yet, to be sure.  But Max is having a better day.  So I thought it wise to write something nice so that anyone reading this […]

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toasty redhead - May 14, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Right on!

Gretchen - June 30, 2011 - 9:14 am

I was like you and over bought products, read almost every book on the market about therapies and parenting a child on the spectrum.
Long story short one thing that we could not live without was Melatonin.
http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20091012/melatonin-helps-autistic-kids-sleep
Highly worth trying. It has made such a difference in my son’s sleeping.

One and a Half Steps Back

So I am in a lot of pain.  And not the physical kind.  The aching soul kind.  I know I am supposed to be writing something uplifting about life with an autistic kid, something parents of newly diagnosed kids can gain some relief from reading.  But I guess: 1.  I’m still a “new” autism parent […]

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Stimey - April 26, 2011 - 10:03 pm

He’s still there. And he’s beautiful. It’s okay to feel sad and worried, but remember that even if he’s not talking, that doesn’t mean he’s not communicating—and it definitely doesn’t mean that he has nothing to say. Some days, some weeks, some months are harder than others. Hang in there, okay?

Gretchen - June 30, 2011 - 9:23 am

You are most certainly allowed to be sad, angry, depressed. And any other feeling that rises up in you. As a fellow mom to an autistic son, I feel and hear your pain. It’s all too familiar. Allow yourself that moment. And then dust yourself off, and try again. Try another way to open that window into your son’s world. it’s there. Don’t lose sight of it. No one else will have the faith in him that you have. Allow yourself a day/hour of pity, I call them my “pity parties”. And then move on. Post one of the Before Dx pictures to motivate you. You’ll get him back…you will.

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