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I am Autistic
I am Autistic

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Registered: August 2005
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A difficult page for me to do but it felt good afterwards. The hidden journalling reads:
"Riley, my son, my precious little angel, I love you so much. You have brought me so much joy and happiness. Being your mother has been the best thing that has happened to me. You have always been a very quiet, calm and easy going baby. You didnít meet any of the milestones that babies are suppose to meet by a certain age, but I never thought there could be anything wrong with you. You were just a happy boy that did things at your own pace.

Aunt Brenda was caring for you while I had to work and your sitter was on holidays and she took to see her doctor because you had an ear infection (again). That doctor asked aunt Brenda if you had Down Syndrome. She said no. Aunt Brenda phoned me to tell me that her doctor thought you had a form a Down Syndrome. My first reaction was to be mad at aunt Brenda for even thinking this could be true. My second thought was, itís true, you are not like normal children. Then I went through a phase of not wanting you. I did not want a special needs baby. I could not do it by myself. No, I did not want you and I hated myself for thinking this way.

I did some research. I found a new pediatrician, Dr. Mathew Joseph, who called me from his home one night to talk about you. He quickly took you as a patient. Dr. Joseph scheduled blood tests at CHEO and reassured me that you were not Down Syndrome. He said that even that you had some traits you were definitely not a Down Syndrome child.

It wasnít until 2 years later that you were diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). PDD is in the Autism Spectrum Disorder. You require a lot of attention and guidance. More importantly, being your mother, I require a lot of patience to deal with your tantrums, anxieties, and development delays. You are a bright, friendly and lovable boy. Everyone who has had an opportunity to know you adores you. You are polite and you love to share with others. However, there are more times when you have severe tantrums, scream, hit, pinch, bite, punch, push and hate everyone. I know you cannot control these emotions. I try to help you as much as I can. I love you unconditionally. Youíve made a lot of progress in little time with your speech. Youíve gone from approximately 10 words to a full vocabulary in a few years. You have a lot of difficulties pronouncing words but I understand you 90% of the time. You dislike change. You do not like the change in seasons as you donít understand that even though it is sunny in November, it is actually cold outside.

I will devote my time and energy to make sure you get the help you deserve to grow into a wonderful boy, adolescent and man with PDD. You will overcome the biggest challenges of this disorder. I know you will. I adore you my little man. I love you with all my heart!"
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Registered: August 2005
Posts: 775
Fri September 2, 2005 6:07am

Wow. The LO is beautiful, but the journalling makes it a treasure. TFS!

Registered: September 2005
Posts: 12,594
Sun September 11, 2005 8:42pm

WOW! The layout is gorgeous (love that ribbon!) but the journaling is so heartfelt and honest I can't begin to explain how that touches me.

Registered: August 2005
Posts: 11,665
Tue September 13, 2005 5:06am

awesome journalling..great LO

Registered: August 2005
Posts: 25,121
Sun September 18, 2005 8:22pm

Great LO! Wonderful journalling!
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Registered: August 2005
Posts: 31,329
Sun December 11, 2005 7:26pm

I missed this layout, Carole!!! Beautiful, just beautiful!!! The journalling is absolutely perfect!!!!

Registered: August 2005
Posts: 5,632
Sun January 15, 2006 7:11pm

I don't know how I missed this one, either!! Carole, what beautiful journalling, it is wonderful that you were able to write from your heart about such a difficult subject.

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 353
Sat January 27, 2007 7:37pm

Wow I love this LO!!! My oldest son was just diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. I thought of doing a page on it, now I think I will. Great idea for a LO!!!

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