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Tell me something positive and wonderful about your autistic child(53 Posts)
We have suspected that our 2.5 year old DS1 is autistic for some months now. We had our appointment with the consultant paediatrician yesterday, who said that DS1 does in his opinion have an ASD. DS1 just needs to be seen by the specialist speech & language therapist now before they formally diagnose, which I'm almost certain they will.
Anyway, this whole process is hard, even though a diagnosis won't change anything really. So, please tell me something wonderful about your DC with autism.
DS is funny, kind, clever and loyal. Very good-looking, talks for England, has several genuine friends, is a pocket-money financial wizard, and has spent most of today finally discovering the joy of proper joint imaginative play with his sister and two friends
And a diagnosis did change something: us. So we were able to support him to become the amazing young man we're blessed with today.
My dd is another animal lover, she is 10 and won't eat or wear anything made from animals. She checks sweet labels and will go without if they are not vegetarian. She has no agenda, is loyal, clever and so funny that I cry with laughter some days. I never want her to leave home.
DS is a gentle giant, he is steadfastly loyal, caring, kind and generous. His ASD is so much a part of who he is.
We are going through some teen angst at the mo, but even after a major strop he comes up and gives me a hug and apologises.
He would do anything for anyone - of his own volition he went off in the snow and cleared people's drives for them and collected a list of shopping requirements from all the elderly neighbours - for me to go fetch mind
DS is now in his twenties and has ASD and learning difficulties. When he was little we were told that he would most probably never learn to walk, talk, read or write. He can do all of those and more.
He has the loveliest smile, a kind nature, is very cuddly and affectionate and is very good at bringing me cups of tea without being asked. He is very good at choosing interesting presents for family and friends.
He can read timetables and can find his way by train and bus all over the country and safely home again.
He currently has a job and manages to get there on most days and tries to do his best, although he is finding it difficult and a bit stressful.
He has made such huge strides since he was little. We are worried about his future, particularly when we are no longer here, but we also have faith that he will continue to develop and may yet surprise us all!
And a diagnosis did change something: us. - That is so true Mareeya
Polter. I really did laugh out loud at washing and drying a wood louse
DS1 is 3.7 and is the most gorgeous blond hair brown eyed boy. It is like having a pet bear - sometimes he growls but he loves big hugs and kisses and his favourite food is porridge!! He can't tell us he loves us but I know he does. He climbs into our bed for morning cuddles and kisses his baby sister. His smile is out of this world. And he loves wearing hats.
My dd is 4.7 she has autism and amazes me everyday. Whilst there are things that she can't yet do, the things she can she does with such determination and refusal to give up.
She didnt call me mummy until she was 4.3. And even though she can't yet say that she loves me, I know that she does, and even on the hard days I am still overwhelmed that she calls me mummy.
Her autism is part of who she is, and I wouldn't change her for the world.
Flying boy is kind and just wants to please people. He has seldom said anythink bad about anyone and if he is doubtful about something, we have come to learn that he is usually right. He is great on the eather so very handy when you want to know what it is going to do. He has a greatbsense of humour and would patiently play with his younger brother for hour when they were younger.
DS2 is gorgeous; completely, unashamedly egotistical; very bouncy and flappy but in an endearing way, despite being 13. He seems to elicit loyalty and compassion in his peers rather than teasing. Despite being completely lacking in empathy himself he seems to bring it out in others. He is either on top of the world or in the depths of despair, but switches from one to the other in seconds, holding no grudges. His laughter has that infectious quality of a much younger child.
I find that he has taught me the meaning of unconditional love, because I love every part of him entirely, even the less attractive parts and even though he will never say he loves me. It's almost a standing joke that he loves no-one.
DS is 8. He is single minded and focused. He is fiercely protective of his little sister. He can write beautifully and has an amazing memory. Whatever he does he does with such intensity.
He sees the best in everyone.
He is loving and funny and rocks my world.
My DS1 is 14. He is a kind, gentle giant and has the biggest smile in the world. With the right support and schooling he is studying for a couple of GCSE's, which we didn't think possible at even age 8 when all he did was run around or stare out of the window. He is intense and becomes an expert in whatever interests him at the time (trains, dinosaurs, fish) His best friend is a girl who he met when he was 4 in reception at a mainstream school, her brother has Aspergers and she is brilliant with him, he calls her his Princess.
I have really really enjoyed reading each and everyone of your posts about your wonderful children. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me about them.
What a lovely thread.
Ds2 (7) has autism and dyspraxia, he was dxed At 2 1/2. He runs lie Phoebe off friends. Babies seem to love him and always laugh at him regardless of what he is doing. He was the only one who could make my niece laugh for weeks. He is always positive, gives everyone lovely compliments and lightens up my day.
Ds1 is severely autistic, a teenager, non-verbal (although he has a communication aid now which has made a huge difference & he can say loads with that).
He loves surfing, especially when the waves are big, as can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTkvJw4zNa8
If you want to see him in action with his communication aid then have a look at my profile for my blog.
Blardy links! www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTkvJw4zNa8
What a lovely video Jimjams. Thank for sharing. Your DS looks so at home on. Surfboard, and his instructor, well, just fab! What a grey relationship they must hve.
Thank you for starting this thread! My DS was diagnosed with asd last week and I have been struggling. I really needed this.
My DS is so full of enthusiasm for life and the world around him. "Oh, wow!" is something he says several times a day. He always notices the beauty of the small things.
He is so tidy! He loves cleaning and insists that it is HIS job to do the recycling and the vacuuming - my friends are envious
His teachers at school say he does not have empathy because he will do things that are unkind to other children when he gets stressed and then say he doesn't care about their feelings. Today I was feeling very upset and he asked if I was cold and brought me a blanket. I don't think he understands 'feelings', but I believe he is very caring and he does have empathy.
He is so bright and his love for learning is infectious and truly awesome. He can tell you what the capital city is of about 80 different countries. The other day he explained to me what gravity must be like on Pluto (similar to the moon), because it is the same size and mass as the moon and gravity depends on mass.
That was the first time that guy has taken him out (he's the owner of the surf school) - he was knackered after that. Usually there's a little small group of twenty something's that take him out. We've also got a small group from his respite centre - all severely autistic- out surfing regularly last year - will post a couple of videos later
Well it doesn't look like the first time, they look so at ease with each other.
My DS is extremely quirky . He's an excellent mimic with a fantastic memory, he will narrate a full book or film including accents and sound effects.
Despite liking a sense of routine he's also very adventurous, and while I used to think I'd be dragging him into doing new things it's actually been the other way around. We are always planning adventures, note the planning though, they are planned to within an inch!
He has the biggest loveliest smile, people always comment on it, and he has a love for hats (he has quite a collection all chosen by him), which again are often commented on.
He is extremely honest and trusting, he's not greedy or vindictive, despite the things he struggles with I know that at his core he is a good, decent person.
Oh the surfers are all fab - he knows them all well.
This is on of the first respite centre surf trips - all 5 boys severely autistic, 4 of them pretty much completely non verbal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8zLZg2HSA8
Again, but on a sunnier day (and ds1 looking very fed up at the lack of swell!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrGugE7OsYU
And this was a while ago now, shortly after ds1 had started surfing regularly. A board's eye view on a sunny bank holiday Monday in August http://vimeo.com/28348727
If anyone wants to take their child surfing, talk to me
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