About Me

I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not chelate, intervene biochemically, give shots of any kind, practice ABA, etc. We treat them as we treat any humanbeing. We treat them with kindness and respect and expect the same from them. They are exceptional children.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

OVERTHINKING AUTISM....

When I really take the time to think about my children, I truly do not think about their Autism first and foremost. I think about them as individuals.

Sometimes, and this is just my opinion, parent's overthink the Autism aspect of their children, some of them who happen to have Autism.

Autism is not a negative in our home. I know..hard to believe...

Maybe, we as a family, are disillusioned...

Yet, maybe, we as a family are right on target.

I know my children are Autistic...but, personally, I have never ever let that define our children. They are far more than the label of Autism will ever stifle them to be.

Just today, I am in Kiernan's yearly review...the boy is at 3rd grade level and in the 2nd grade...Autism was not even brought up until we had to determine whether or not to reassess him...

I am so very proud of my children. They are amazing, gifted, talented, individuals who happen to have Autism. What do I think about their Autism..I don't...

5 comments:

sue said...

What a great blog,
I am a teacher of ASD kids in Australia and I really enjoyed reading your posts. Wouldn't it be great if we were already living in a world where ASD kids were considered ' a different kind of normal!'
Sue

Anonymous said...

I agree.. We're new to the diagnosis(label)here in our home.. It's interesting you should post this because I find myself coming to this hub to read about others..to belong.. or join as if in some sort of club... I feel this a big part of human nature.. It makes us feel safe.. and often build walls.. whether your label is NT or AS.. walls exclude.

Ali Rae said...

I love your view on seeing your children as individuals first. I know it seems "right" to do, but I meet many families that use "well he/she has autism," and that means they can't do something. I love reading about the progress your children are making. I work with children with many disabilities and often only remember the abuse and neglected that are in crisis and forget about all the moms and dads that work so hard to fight to the core to get all they can out of their children. I read your blog once and a while and was wondering if you ever share stories about your hubby? where I work I've noticed how much a strange having a child can put on a marriage, but a child with different levels of needs. I am interested to know how you guys remain on the same page and work together. It's your blog so if you don;t want to answer that's cool! Just wanted to know you and your family are thought of as inspirational.

konnie said...

Autism, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder are all potential pitfalls when a child doesn't have proper child development. I think all families should be wary of this.

Autism Reality NB said...

"I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not .... practice ABA,"

Too bad. The AAP has reviewed studies conducted over 5 decades that have found significant gains for autistic children who were benefited by ABA.

BTW most people are trying to help their children grow to their fullest potential, autistic or otherwise.