SparkPeople Parents of children and teens with Autism/PDD Team Messageboard This team is for parents of children and teens who have autism/pdd. SparkPeople Parents of children and teens with Autism/PDD Team Messageboard Hello from GA! Hello, everyone. <BR> <BR> I was actually searching for teen SparkTeams that my daughter could join when I ran across this one. <BR> <BR> My name is Iva and I have been married for almost 19 years. We have two children, my son is 18 (he's graduating this year) and my daughter is 14. She has Asperger's. I am also a special education teacher. The students I serve have significant and profound intellectual disabilities. My students are non-verbal and I do have one student who is on the spectru... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:38:09 EST new hi everyone im new here im curenttly helping my mom and dad raise my nephew that has just resently been diagnosed with autism, we have kinda known he he has had it since very young but they never had diagnosed him till now and he's 12yr's old. he also has bipolar 1, ODD, and ADHD. im currently just starting my weight loss journy again as i got my pain issues under control after injections in my back. got around 200lbs to lose. im glad to be here where other ppl are in the same spot i am . it ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:56:45 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:25 EST Hidden Emoticons Game We play this on another team that I'm on and it is interesting to see what emoticon shows up. After you click on the "Reply" button, just click on the "Add an Emoticon" button and select any emoticon. Take note of the last number played and substitute the next number in the brackets. Click on "Post Message" and see what emoticon shows up. I'll start the first two! <BR> <BR> NOTE: Sometimes it won't be anything. Sometimes, it will be a surprise! Several of them won't be in Sparks emoticons. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:18:27 EST New Here Good morning. My name is Donna and I am a mother of a teenager with Aspergers. Daniel is 14 years old, and will be starting his first year in high school coming up in September. He is in Royal Rangers, and is an Adventure Ranger. He earned his Gold Eagle, the highest honor that a Discovery Ranger can earn. <BR> This year in his last year of middle school, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average, on a modified curriculm. <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:06:12 EST Mothers Day 'Poem' Okay, whether you have special needs children--maybe you know someone who does--I am a special needs mom, and a friend of mine sends me this 'poem' every year as a 'reminder'. I just smile and hug her--she can't imagine my life as a special needs mother because like most people, she only sees the differences in my children--differences she feels would be impossible to cope with. She means well and I love her. Now, if you pass this along to the special-needs moms you know, be prepared to have ... Sun, 11 May 2014 12:03:55 EST stress management How do all of you other parents handle the stress of having children on the spectrum? <BR> <BR> How do you destress? <BR> <BR> I have 3 children with autism, one of whom has run off 3x since last friday and his father is on a 9 day vacation. <BR> <BR> Besides a dayhab/respit worker who takes the kidz out 1x per week, I don't get much help. I have limited help from my husband and I'm the primary caregiver. and i'm stressed up to my ears. <BR> <BR> any ideas of destressing techniques? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:31:24 EST Holiday Challenge 2013 (1 November - 31 December) Ah the holidays! What a blissfully busy and frenzied time of the year! We are already challenged with our dear Autistic children. Not to mention the rest of the family, and the frantic rush of this wondrous season. During this time of the year, we tend to neglect is ourselves and the hard work we put in during the year to lose weight easily goes by the wayside. We worked hard this year to lose weight. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: Maintain your weight loss these next two months. I will send ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:46:28 EST mom / step mom of 2 severely autistic teen boys Hi I am a 44 year old mother of 6 children ranging from 25 to 13. we have 2 teen age boys that are both severely autistic, each in their own special way. My step son is 14, completely non verbal, with little to no communication skills, morbidly obese, cant clean himself if he uses the bathroom or bath himself when he is in the shower.He now has developed seizures, and has to have constant supervision, even sleeps with a monitor to wake us if he his oxygen levels drop. we struggle with not b... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:49:23 EST Fall Challenge 2013 September 23 - October 31, 2013 (About 40 days/5.5 weeks) <BR> Lose 5 pounds by Halloween. Weigh in can be any day of the week you choose. <BR> <em>431</em> <BR> I choose Tuesdays. <BR> Sept 24 (start weight) = 201.4 <BR> Oct 8 = <BR> Oct 15 = <BR> Oct 22 = <BR> Oct 29 = Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:06:45 EST How many points until your next level? 13154 Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:08:09 EST Letter A-Z with THEMES This is also a very easy game. All you need to do is post a word that starts with the "letter" that is next in line, starting with "A" all the way to "Z" using theme names. <BR> <BR> Our First Theme Name Letter A-Z Game will be "SONGS" include singer if you know. <BR> <BR> TO BEGIN: <BR> American Pie - Don McLean <BR> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:25:29 EST Word Association Okay, I'll start. I'll post a word and the next person has to post the first thing that comes into their head. It doesn't have to make sense. As a matter of fact, that's half the fun when it DOESN'T make sense to the average person. <BR> <BR> Then the person after you will post the first word that comes into THEIR head based on the second person's word, and so on. <BR> <BR> Okay, here goes: <BR> <BR> PIG Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:22:24 EST One word to describe your day Crazy (Busy) Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:19:32 EST What were your spins today? <em>347</em> 10+7 Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:18:49 EST Hi I'm New Hello! <BR> <BR> I just found this team today. I am the mother of a 13 year old son who was diagnosised with autism spectrum disorder with a lean toward Aspergers this past November. We had identified some issues early on with his speech and had him tested through the school district. They started him in K-4 with a speak delay IEP. He has had constant attention through school so he does very well. He is high function. I was asked many times through elementary school if he had been tested fo... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:13:37 EST Mom with 2 young men with ASD Trying to get myself back into shape both physically, mentally and such after being exhausted for a long time work with my boys. Still have some daily struggles but overall I actually do get days where I can attempt to take time to work on my personal goals to get healthier and try to get through the stress better. I look forward to talking with other parents, sharing my experiences and helping as I can. Smiles all! Sun, 12 May 2013 00:06:26 EST April Challenge - Who is with me? Friends, <BR> <BR> I have been having a bit of trouble getting jump-started. My son has a a difficult month with Spring Break, so I am going to try and hit 5 goals for April. <BR> <BR> 1. Hitting my calorie target at least 5 days each week. <BR> 2. 20 minutes of exercise - at least 5 days a week. 125 min each week. <BR> 3. Hitting Water target at least 5 days each week <BR> 4. Logging everyday. <BR> 5. Attend one Autism/Special needs event in April. <BR> <BR> Who's in with me? <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:22:40 EST Daylight Savings Time Turn your clocks one hour ahead (most states in the USA) this weekend. What can you accomplish with extra daylight time? Reminds me that summer is around the corner and I need to lose some more weight <em>311</em> <BR> Extra time for fitness! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:29:46 EST Autism Awareness Month Challenge April is Autism Awareness Month. Approximately six weeks away. Can you lose six pounds by April 1st? Check your progress here! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:51:02 EST I Found Your Group Today I've been with SP for a good while but just now discovered your team. My 13yo DS is ASD. It is nice to be part of an understanding community. <BR> <BR> I noticed there hasn't been much activity since 2012. I understand how overwhelming life can be. I hope we can start checking in a little more frequently for mutual support and some stress-reducing "me" time! <BR> ~Maggie Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:59:36 EST meals and autism my children of late have become pickier and pickier. <BR> <BR> I tried to include them in the whole healthy eating thing. Yeah right. most of the time they won't eat it or it ends up on the floor or in the garbage when I'm not looking. <BR> <BR> for my kidz - they have to eat seperate foods from me (I have so many allergies, so many foods I can't eat and then the ones I can they want to eat, but if I make it for them they won't touch it). <BR> <BR> I am soo running out of options here. ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:42:32 EST surviving holiday vacations I don't really pracitce conventional holidays, but we still get the holidays off. <BR> <BR> they are driving me batty! <BR> <BR> so what do you guys do to battle the holiday madness with the kidz? Sat, 24 Nov 2012 15:28:41 EST New here I'm a parent to 3 kids, 3 to 6 years of age, my oldest being autistic. On top of the day to day struggles with helping my son cope with his challenges, I'm also dealing with the end of my marriage after finding out that my husband had cheated on me for years, it began with our son's diagnosis. It has been hell and I'm going through therapy myself and was recommended taking care of my health and found Sparkpeople through my sister. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:13:52 EST Raw and fermented foods... Has anyone been successful with giving fermented foods or raw dairy? When we took my son off of soy milk and onto organic milk, we noticed a significant change in his speech and stims. It got worse before it got better. We are looking into the raw cheeses, and possibly trying fermented foods to see if it helps, but wanted to know if anyone has had success with any thing in particular from a dietary point of view. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:17:58 EST Mom of two with autism Hello--my name is Melissa. I am a 27 year old mother of two boys that fall on the autism spectrum who also works full time and goes to college full time. The results of the tests have yet been received so I am not sure where they are placed but in a way to me that doesn't matter. They are Mikael and Adrian, defined by their personalities just as I am not defined by my medical condition of UC. Adrian is six, overall nonverbal, who loves yellow characters like Wubbzy, Spongebob, Funshine Bear (... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:37:14 EST Is this team still active? I was wondering if it was. I have two boys, the oldest has been called, "perfectly normal" from one doc, ASD from another, and full blown POS from another. I was hoping to use this group as a bouncing off ideas, answering questions and getting advice group. We homeschool our sons. They are in first grade. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:16:32 EST SPARKS RALLY IN MONTREAL, CANADA Are there any Montreal and vicinity out there. If so, and you would like to join us for the rally. Let me know and I will forward the information. Dianne, Team Leader for Sparks Montreal. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:37:09 EST Hi there Im a mother of 3, and my eldest has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is now 6 and a half. We knew this when he was about 3. His speech wasn't clear, he could not make out sentences or actually say words well. So since then he has been going to special schools. He never really asked why his younger 2 siblings go to a different school. I am glad for that because i am not really sure how to tell him, but i think the day may come once. Although maybe by then he would have a better understanding to... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:28:34 EST Hi from NE England Hi just spotted this team and had to join, it seems very quiet, hope its still active, I Have 2 children. My 7yr old son has Autism, ADHD and is dyslexic. i also have a 3yr old girl Sat, 12 Nov 2011 04:05:51 EST ORGANIZING MEDICAL BINDERS Hi everyone. I have a suggestion. Do any of you have medical binders for your children. As a rule most children with Autism with be visiting doctors, therapist and the like often. <BR> <BR> I thing I learned was to keep a medical binder for him. I would buy a binder with dividers and a zipper so that papers don't fall out. In the first section I would purchase a business card holder. I would put all the cards of the different people working with my son. It was an easy way of finding ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 22:17:22 EST New here Hi everyone! I'm Jenn and I'm a mom to 4 kids - a 9 year old boy, 5 year old girl, and 3 year old fraternal girl twins, one of whom was diagnosed as having moderate classic autism in December of last year. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:46:43 EST My Son was Diagnosed with Autism Today... When the doctor told me the news I didn't react....just give me details, give me information, something to work with. Later, I cried my eyes-out and continue to cry. I have no idea what to expect. He has already been seeing therapists and will continue to. However, should I be planning on him never living on his own? Getting married and having children of his own? His doctors can not say how severe it is (he is only 2 1/2); however, I can't help but feel like I am sinking into an abyss. My he... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:18:33 EST New to team Hi. I'm a mother of 2 girls, one of whom was diagnosed with PDD-NOS a little over 3 years ago (she's 7 now). My younger daughter, almost 4, is also displaying signs of the same condition. This is particularly difficult for me since until she was 3, the yd seemed to be so normal. My older daughter clearly had a problem from a very young age so while it was hard to hear that phrase "autism spectrum disorder" it wasn't entirely unexpected. <BR> <BR> The positives are that both are verbal,... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:21:31 EST New to the team~ Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have a 3 year old daughter who was recently diagnosed with PDDNOS and mixed expressive/receptive language disorder. She keeps me on my toes! She has helped me learn alot about things I knew nothing about. It's been a rollercoaster experience, and I take any advice I can get. :) Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:09:55 EST organizing kidz files okay, I have some banker's boxes I was considering using to organize my kidz paper work. how? i'm a little confused on how to do it cuz now we'll be dealing with multiple years. <BR> <BR> any idea? Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:23:59 EST autism proof table okay, I have 3 kids with autism, 7 6 and 6. they are sooooooooo destructive and hard on things. I had gotten this expensive table that I thought would last. its only 1 or 2 years old. its breaking apart so easily. it was supposed to be leather, but alas, no, the people lied to me. its something else. <BR> <BR> its a breakfast nook <BR> <BR> should I go with an all wooden breakfast nook? or an all metal picnic table? <BR> <BR> any ideas please? Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:57:46 EST Hello All hello, <BR> <BR> my name is brenna and I have 3 kidz with autism. my son 7(muhammad), my girsl are 6 (aiesha and khadijah). and all are on the spectrum. their autism is different but in some ways so close together. <BR> <BR> anyways, yeah . . . they keep me busy especially during the summer. <BR> <BR> so anyways. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:49:37 EST Why Our Family No Longer Uses Soy Products Emerging Dangers of Soy. <BR> I think this is particularly important for parents raising Special Needs Children. Soy is just bad. <BR> <link><BR>y.htm </link> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:48:22 EST Potty Training Advice I need some advice. We are trying to potty train my 4 year old autistic son, and are having no success. <BR> <BR> We've tried rewards, social stories, and visual cues. Nothing seems to be working. We've been working and working and working at this. <BR> <BR> His pediatrician keeps telling me that it's not a big deal, and if we fight him on it we are fighting a losing battle. That is easier said than done! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any words of advice, encouragment, suggestions..... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:48:58 EST Hi, I'm a newbie too My name is Rhonda and I just joined SP last week. I'm just now figuring out the site. I saw this team and just had to join it. My 5 yr. old grandson has autism and I am also a spec ed teacher who specializes in autism. The Lord led me into this field just before my grandson was diagnosed. I am very active in my grandson's life and try to give my daughter (his mom) as much help as I can. <BR> I look forward to talking to you all. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:04:20 EST support Hi everyone, I'm new to SP and very excited about it. I've been struggling with my weight since college. The hardest thing has been staying consistent in exercise and diet. I know support from fellow members will be huge in my success and for that I thank you in advance. I've been happily married for 14 years now and I have 3 children. 11 yr. old boy, 9 yr. old girl & 2 1/3 yr. old boy who was Dx with autism at 19 months. I used to work PT nights but switched to PT pms to be more consis... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:20:51 EST Halloween Challenge Lose seven pounds in seven weeks. That's just one pound a week until the end of October! Post here what you are doing and your start/ end weight for the week. Challenge begins September 12!! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 14:25:27 EST New Co-Leader I have just been added as a co-leader and I am going to try to think of ways to make the team more active. Thanks for your patience and I hope to see people dropping by to post more. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 11:06:32 EST Sharing my book! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>reBookDetails.aspx?bookid=57429 </link> <BR> <BR> In 2009, I began the process of researching book companies because I felt like the Lord had prompted me to write a book. Now, I am NOT an author...nor do I pretend to be...but when HE says build...even though you haven't technically seen build, right? Thankfully, I found Crossbooks, a division of Lifeway. In April 2010 our book hit the shelves and the internet...and ou... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:14:40 EST How do you stay on track? I need some tips for how you manage to stay on track with healthy eating. I struggle with that the most. I can get exercise in most days but making sure I eat right...ugh! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 02:11:58 EST New to the Team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople (2 weeks in) and to this team. We have suspected for awhile, but we received an ASD diagnosis for our 3 1/2 year old son this past Tuesday. How do I know how high functioning he is? He's pretty verbal, but is not good with back-and-forth conversation. <BR> <BR> Also, does anyone have any good book or web site suggestions? I am the kind of person to submerge myself in this topic to learn all about how I can help my child. I also want to p... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 21:53:06 EST Hello everyone! Hello all! My name is Carol. I am a mother of three (two on the spectrum) and a military spouse to one. :P I am about to begin this weight loss journey, and this time I am sticking to it!! I need help though, I lose motivation during difficult times. I basically raise our children on my own, and I LOVE FOOD! So, eating is something I enjoy- a lot!! When I get stressed, I eat. When I am happy, I eat. I love to cook, and bake.. so I need to re-learn to cook and bake HEALTHY!! I am not obese (ye... Sun, 30 May 2010 22:58:27 EST Hi!!! I'm new Hi everybody. I just found this forum and I love it. I have just recently found out that my son has Sensory Processing Disorder which I know is very common with children who have autism. Since finding out about it everything makes so much more sense now and I've finally been able to relax. <BR> <BR> I don't know anybody else who has a special needs child so it's nice to be able to relate to some of the other stories that others share. I hope that it's okay that I joined this forum...and I re... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 18:08:08 EST Hi I'm new too! :) Hi there, I'm a new team member with a son who has Autism along with some other issues. My son was diagnosed when he was 27 months old and he is now almost 6 1/2. It's a long tedious journey this autism, but it's nice to see alot of others along their way as well. <em>636</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:26:40 EST NEW I'm a mother of 3 boys, my oldest Sean has been diagnosed with PDD, he has speech delays and goes to a Autistic Pre K and gets speech therapy 3x a week there. He loves music, playing outside, anything that makes noises or moves. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:39:58 EST New member with son diag with ASD Hi everyone! <BR> So excited to have more support from others who share the same experiences. It is often so difficult to care for ourselves when we have a little one with special needs. I'm looking forward to hearing about how you all do it and how I can jump on that wagon!!!! <BR> (((HUGS))) <BR> Jenn Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:26:13 EST Hello Hi, my son is just about 4 and is autistic (diagnosted in May). Look forward to talking to everyone. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:52:41 EST newbie here Hi, I am a stay at home Mom to 2 kids. We are also a military family, my husband is a Major in the Army. My NT daughter is 4 and my son is 2 1/2 and has recently been diagnosed with ASD. I am on here particularly to find support from other parents with kids on the spectrum. It is so hard to dedicate time to yourself when you have so much going on with your kiddos, especially my son. I was at an ideal weight 6 months again but once the diagnosis came, I started emotionally eating and didn't ex... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 15:24:23 EST hi I am a mom of a 6 1/2 year old boy who was diagnosed with pdd-nos in 2007. He is attending public school kindergarten and getting intensive therapy. Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:55:30 EST new to group I am the mom to a 6 year old son with autism, a 3 year old son with autism and a 4 month old son .... enrolled in the NIH Infant sibling study. I have my hands full and my stress levels are more than high. I am trying to get back to exercising so I can be happier and healthier to keep up with the challenges that come with mother more than one child on the spectrum (heck having 1 is also hard). I am looking for support buddies because it's often easy for me to crawl off in a corner and have ... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:32:07 EST HELP! My 18 months old judt diagnosed! Help! I am a soooo confused. My little man is 18 months old. He has always had some "interesting" behaviors and has had some intensive PT and OT in our home for the last 12 months. He has come leaps and bounds.....until.... we are now in the process of testing and counseling to find out where on the spectrum to place my little Josiah. He is also being testing for medical problems such as rets syndrome and ciliac disease. I am at a loss. I am an LPN and understand the medical aspects but the a... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 17:21:18 EST Hi! My name in Jen. I have three sons, ages 12, 10, and 6 and a daughter (Kady) who was diagnosed this year (Age 4) with PDD-NOS. She's been in speech on and off since she was 2 so we knew early on she had some delays. The company who provided her therapy as a toddler recruited me right out of college so now I work with children (Ages 0-3) who present with developmental delays or who are considered "at risk" because of prematurity. <BR> With ST and OT, she's making steady improvements and wi... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 14:46:20 EST Need advice My youngest Son is 3 1/2. I am pretty sure He is autistic. When He was 1 and 2 I brought this up to his Dr. who really just told me to wait and see. I guess We just thought He would catch up. <BR> Now He is 3 1/2. He does not talk. He can not use a for or spoon. He spins and is always waving his hands at himself. He is not potty trained. I called the early intervention services who told Me He was to old. they referred Me to the school system. It took 6 weeks for an appointment. At the appoint... Fri, 29 May 2009 17:38:33 EST Hi I'm Dawn and trying hard to get in shape and lose 70 pounds! I have 3 children, Gage (8) NT, Trace (6) PDD-NOS, and Avery (5) NT. Trace was diagnosed the same week he turned 5. We had known something was "different" since he was 3, but after much pushing and arguing FINALLY got an intensive eval at an Autism center. <BR> <BR> He's truly an amazing child. Very verbal, but does have some speech difficulties. True to form, he still reacts about 2/3 his developmental age, but has grown SO much. We still ... Sun, 24 May 2009 19:24:51 EST Derric's Mom Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Chelly. My youngest child was diagnosed High Functioning with Hyper Activity. I have three older stepkids that live with us full time. My husband is active duty with the family currently living in Germany. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 17:34:51 EST Mom of Matthew HI! I'm new to this team, and my "name" is a goal...I WANT to be a Yummy Mummy--thin, in shape, and healthy. I'm the mother of Matthew, an almost 4-year-old diagnosed initially with classic autism but then rediagnosed 2 months ago with PDD-NOS. <BR> Matthew is doing very well--he's really smart and funny, just has a lot of trouble participating in a two way conversation and in making friends his age (he's either in charge or not playing at all), and most of the time he can't seem to unders... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 23:12:53 EST Mom of two ASD kids and one Fine Hi, <BR> I'm trying to do the sparkpeople thing again. My biggest downfall to dieting is the kids diagnoses of autism and everything that it involves, so here I am. I gained 40lbs after finding out what their issues were after going on Zoloft to get me through what needed to be done. Fast forward 4 years, I've accepted their lives and mine. I'm off the Zoloft, and need to get my life back! I can offer tons of advice, we've been through it all. I have a handle on the situation with my ki... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 09:00:44 EST New Here Hey all, I just rejoined sparkpeople and I totally plan on sticking with it this time. Last time I ended up having surgery, and then I fell off the boat! <BR> <BR> I have a 5 year old son with ausperger's and ODD, and now my husband was just diagnosed with comorbid ADHD and Ausperger's as well. I also have a 5 year old daughter who seems to be free from all of it. <BR> <BR> Well, here I am....ready to lose weight.... <BR> <BR> ~ Kaida ~ Thu, 11 Sep 2008 15:40:23 EST Mom of HFAutistic 8 yo; also SPED teacher in GA! Hey everyone! I just joined Sparkpeople tonight, after way too many weeks of my clothes not fitting and people thinking I'm pregnant. <BR> :) <BR> <BR> I am the mother of a high-functioning autistic 8 yo who attends a private school here in Georgia. He inspired me 2 years ago to get my provisional teaching certificate in special education. I now work in a local high school and love it. <BR> <BR> I look forward to talking with you soon! Sat, 23 Aug 2008 21:28:56 EST A Major First for my 3 yr old son! I have to share this with people who will son was diagnosed at 17 months old and is now 3 yrs 1 month old. He has been in therapy since about 1 month after his diagnosis which has been wonderful and has been doing GFCF as well along with other biomedical supplements and interventions. We took him for his first round of chelation Aug. 6. Since then he has been popping out whole sentences. Last night I had to work late and didn't get to see him before bed. Early this morning he ... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:40:53 EST Hello from a mom in Ohio It is so good to see a thread for those of us who have an autistic child. We have four boys, one of which has autism, OCD, ODD, developmental delay, epilepsy...He is eight years old. We have had some good days, but some very difficult ones as well. I am a stress eater-and as you know, our stress level is often sky high. <BR> I hope through sparkpeople to find other ways of dealing with the stress. <BR> Well wishes to you all! <BR> Shriek Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:14:41 EST NT's need to get a life/musings & rantings Ok,...I am new to this group...but I'm going to rant a little anyway. <BR> I get so TIRED of the NT way of thinking. Why does everything have to be the NT way? (Take for instance the is run mostly by NT's...not doing so hot are they?) <BR> I will admit,...I have a rather unique take on things because not only are so far three, of my four children autistic/aspergers, but so am I and so is my husband. Our views on things may be a little different then the view of say an NT parent wh... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:10:20 EST Hello/Newbie/Auti sm/Aspergers/etc. Hello. I am new to this group. I am a 36yr old married mom of four. I myself am a high-functioning autistic, my husband has aspergers, our oldest son who is 15 has aspergers, our 12yr old daughter has high-functioning autism, our 6yr old has characteristic of autism/add/ocd, and our youngest who is now 9months old we think may be an "NT" (neuro-typical)...go figure. <BR> Our family has lived through so many changes in the autism movements...we've seen them come and go,... but we, our family, ... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 14:13:04 EST new to sparkpeople but not to autism! hi there fellow moms - what a thrill i received finding this group accidentally today! i was just trying to get a sparkpoint for doing my first web search, and typed in autism. <BR> my son nolan is 4, and diagnosed with classic autism. we were lucky enough (haha) to have received our diagnosis when he was only 23 months old, so that helped with getting him all of the waitlists for services (we live in ontario, canada - so services are free, but there are insane wait times). <BR> i would l... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:06:30 EST Hi -I'm new to this team HI there. I am new to this team and have read through some of the other threads. I have to say it brings me to tears to see all of your comments and how my little 3 1/2 yr old son, Ben, compares. Such similar traits. It actually makes me feel like I am not alone in this any more. There are not a lot of people in my circle of friends that deal with this condition, so it's difficult to relate to them and have Ben play - as he does not respond all the time. Some days are definitely better ... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:51:21 EST HI there... I'm so glad my search turned this group up. I'm the mother of 4 and my 2nd oldest (10 years) was recently diagnosed with PDD NOS, after having previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His additional issue is Impulse Control Disorder. We've always known something was odd/wrong with him but no doctor was ever willing or able to diagnose. <BR> <BR> He's been hospitalized for the 3rd time about a week ago (extreme aggressive behavior) and I'm finding myself on the verge of tears almost c... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:12:03 EST New Member Hello all. I'm really trying to change my lifestyle while juggling with the special demands that are on my family. I am a stay at home Mom of 3 children. My oldest, 9, is NT. My two boys, ages 5 and 2.5 are both on the autism spectrum. My 2.5 year old is going to be starting the intense in home programming at the same time I started my exercise regime! Any tips on how to juggle this with people in my home? What do you all do? <BR> <BR> I've been fit before but when my 5 year old started to b... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:49:50 EST Hello Everyone! Hi there, I am Shannon and I live in NC with my hubby Mark and my 3 yr old son James who was diagnosed with autism on 1/18/07. <BR> <BR> He is doing much better with all the early intervention. <BR> My husband and I need to do much better with our eating habits though. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:57:06 EST Need help to see if my kid is autistic. I have a 2 year old son that is showing some signs of autism. I am reading a book "louder than words" about a mothers struggle with autism. My son has not been diagnosed with autism but I have a feeling that something is not right. Here are the things that he does that raises a red flag to me. <BR> He spins and looks at things from the corner of his eyes not all the time but at least once or twice a day. He can memorize things he sees on DVDs but can't say everyday things like, juice, door... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:49:14 EST new here Hi, <BR> <BR> I recently joined spark people. I did WW before having my twins. They are 6 and Im still struggling with this weight. I have boy/girl twins. My son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. We live in So. CA. He goes to a special day class and we have ABA therapy 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> Lisa Sun, 20 Apr 2008 17:40:31 EST Hi. Mom of a four year-old on the Spectrum I just wanted to say hello and extend an ear, shoulder or any information I could to the Moms (and Dads) on this board. <BR> <BR> When my son, Gabriel, was two, I was afraid to go to go to the store alone with him. The tantrums, screaming and then the stares would reduce me to tears. I started shopping online. We never went out to eat and declined the rare birthday party invitation, knowing Gabe would not be able to adapt or cope. <BR> <BR> He was diagnosed with an ASD in early 2006 after ... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 12:09:40 EST Mom of 4 Hello.. My name is Kelly. I live in Arizona with my husband and four children. Hannah is 7, Emily is 5, Benjamin is 4, and Bryan is 2 1/2. Bryan is my special little guy.. We recently got a diagnosis of pdd-nos, the dr debated whether to go with pdd but hesitated to go as far as autism. He has been in therapy for over 6 months where he has improved greatly. He responds when we call him (most of the time...) Looks us in the eyes, and plays with his siblings sometimes.. We have come so ... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:24:52 EST New to the group Hi, I'm Juri. I have a 6 year old son with autism. He is considered high-functioning. He is the source of my heart light. I also have a wonderful husband who is in the US Navy and a 4 year old daughter who is my favorite companion. Sun, 17 Feb 2008 11:06:13 EST Hi! I'm new. Hi! I'm new. I have a 6 year old on the spectrum. Just looking for support and ideas. We're on the GFCG diet and are seeing improvement. <em>244</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:37:37 EST Autism and Friendship Hey, all. <BR> <BR> Do any of you find it hard to be around friends whose kids are neurotypical (NT)? What about friends whose kids have autism? I find that sometimes I have trouble being around friends whose boys are my son's age, if those boys are NT, because they show me my son's deficits so clearly. And then sometimes I have trouble being around friends' kids who are older and have autism, because they show me all the things I fear for my son. <BR> <BR> Some days it is so hard to be wi... Fri, 14 Sep 2007 13:21:30 EST New Here Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I am so happy to have found this team! I hope it's ok if I join. I am a SAHM with a two-year-old son on the spectrum and a new baby girl. We are treating Will with the DAN! approach, so he is on the gluten-, caisen-, and soy-free diet, and he is also on some supplements. We've started with a Behavioral Therapist who will be doing VB therapy. <BR> <BR> I really look forward to getting to know all of you. Only other ASD parents know the incredible challenges we face daily ... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 20:24:16 EST Walknow for Autism--Austin, Texas Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Debbie, this is my first post. I live in Texas and have an 8 yr old son who is on the spectrum. He has asperger's. I am really glad to have found this group. Thank u for having me. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone in Texas here? We are having our walk for Autism in Austin at the Dell Diamond on Nov. 10th. We are also having a wrap around event in October, date still pending, kinda like a pep rally to get everyone geared up for the walk. I am one of the chair... Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:03:18 EST Hi all Hi all, I hope I'm doing this right since I've been away from SP for 6 or 7 months. <BR> Well I guess I should introduce myself. I have 3 kids - 2 NT daughters (10 and 13) and 1 son (7) who's been recently dx'd ADD-NOS and ASD. He was previously diagnosed ADHD. <BR> We were living in Fl. and I was going to nursing school, and taking care of my family. My husband has diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and ended up in the hospital. So there I was going back and forth from the ... Tue, 12 Jun 2007 03:56:07 EST Trouble learning words Here is an article I came across..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Autistic Kids Have Difficulties Learning Words <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> They find it hard to focus on, distinguish new words, brain study finds <BR> -- Robert Preidt <BR> <BR> FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- Young autistic children have difficulty recognizing ordinary words, and their brains become overtaxed as a result, according to a University ... Fri, 4 May 2007 14:00:43 EST Children with Autism/PDD I know how hard it is to find the time to take care of yourself when you are so busy taking care of a special needs child. Let this team help and encourage you. You have to take care of yourself before you are able to take care of your child. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2007 14:37:03 EST