After meeting with several childhood specialists, this week and last, it appears my grandson is showing signs of autism. My daughter is struggling with this as am I. Do you know anyone who is autistic?
Overwhelmed by everyone's positive stories. Thank you all so much!
Yeah and he has a degree in quantum physics and is one of the most successful, smartest, nicest people I know. Just listen to your dr and treat him like any other kid. Autism isn't anything to be worried about
Classmates but no one personally
I have a student who is.
My son was officially diagnosed a few weeks ago. It is not a bad thing, it just means that he interacts with the world around him differently, he is still very bright, and a very happy kid.
Yes! He is a very successful history professor, and has been for decades. He is a curator at a museum. He has a wonderful wife, awesome adult children, and travels the world doing missions work when he can. A diagnosis of autism is NOT the end of the world. 😊
My brother has it in a somewhat more severe manner. I've known him his whole life, 21 years.
The doctors said that I was "showing signs of autism" when I was a kid too. It hasn't stopped me from living a productive life.
I wish I could hug you. My grandson was diagnosed just over a year ago. I adore him I love you. But I know it is a struggle. It was very tough on my son and his wife too. Sending my love to you and your family.
Group hug. My two year old grandson was also recently diagnosed.
I have asbergers so I'm on the autism spectrum. It's like high functioning autism.
Many high functioning Austin people are extremely successful. My wife works with a physician why has that condition. He saves lives every day.
My boyfriend and many previous ones.
I relate better to people with autism apparently
Several people with varying levels.
Thank you all for your support. My grandson is 16 months old and I am thankful we live in an area that offers such great resources. We will be working with a team of experts who will come to our home. The evaluation team indicated early intervention is really important to helping my grandson learn and grow. And they commented on how happy and loved he is. And that is the most important thing: for him to feel secure and loved.
My girlfriend's son is high functioning. There's moments where he truly struggles, and there are things we need to do to ensure he's comfortable. For the most part though, he's a 9 yr old boy.
Huge spectrum - my daughter in law's brother is autistic and he is a ravingly successful engineer, his social skill are a bit off but he is happily married. Best of luck
One of my former teammates is autistic. He played tennis and chess pretty good. He even has a personality that I can appreciate.
Yes and no: I know individuals who have an autistic family member. I know there are varying degrees of autism and that some treatments are very helpful. The odds for a path forward are in his favor.
It is a big something to wrap your brain around...
Hey sweetie you've been on my mind how are you doing? Have you floated away yet? I need to get inland but we don't know what the roads
Wow, mim, I'm sorry. I'm a special education teacher, so many of the finest people I know are autistic. One of my own boys had a frontal lobe disorder that mimics autism. CrzyChica is absolutely right about early interventions. They make a huge difference. Speech, occupational therapy, and social skills groups can do wonders. The other thing to consider is that autism has varying degrees. Many autistic children learn to function very well.
I know that it is hard to hear this kind of news about a child you love so dearly, but you're not alone. There are support groups out there, I'm a member of one myself. Please feel free to talk with me, too. I'd be happy to help.
Is your son verbal? Galvin will get a word use that then lose it. He is such a cuddle bug loves to kiss and he makes eye contact. He does not like sharing my attention with his sister, however, he is 3 1/2. Pretty ordinary probably. When we were up last weekend he kept on calling me something that sounded similar to grandma. He will be four in March. Developmentally I think he's about a two-year-old. However I don't think he is intellectually impaired.
My son is actually dually exceptional. He's academically gifted, but has an executive function disorder. The simplest way to describe him is an absent minded professor. He's extremely verbal, but doesn't like to make eye contact. He's socially behind his peers by a few years, organizationally, my 9 year old us more advanced. He needs checklists to help him flow through tasks. Occupational therapy has been really helpful for him, especially the zones of regulation. I'm glad that Galvin is starting to speak. That's tremendous!! I can understand him wanting your undivided attention, too. It's a three year old and a grandma thing. He knows he's loved!
I'm a teacher, so I've worked with many autistic children through the years. From what I've learned, the younger a child is when they get help/services the better it will be for them. So better to know so you can help him than not know and he struggles, you know?