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I just stumbled upon your blog; this post more specifically and WOW! Erika, it is seriously like you took the words out of my head put them down on paper for me! My son was diagnosed with HFA two years ago, he turned 4 two weeks ago, life has been quite the challenge and a lonely one at that. It is so nice reading your words and finding comfort in them as I tear up knowing that I am not alone.
You are definitely not alone, Tracie. Feel free to email me any time. I came across your post from Pinterest and it was right on time for me. Bedtimes are the worst time for him, so your post was right on time for me to read.
You nailed feelings, fears and triumphs with my son. Thank you and I am bookmarking your site! Much love to all the moms in the struggle out there. Coming off the holidays and lots of changes to our routine, we hit some bumps today. I participated in a couple of support groups for families who have children with disabilities.
I never felt like I fit in being a mom of a year-old son with HFG. This post expressed many of my thoughts and feelings.
My son is a remarkable and well-loved young man but wow he presents me with challenges. Thank you for re-assuring me that I am not alone.
Thanks for writing this. It brought tears to my eyes. I have a 5yr old autistic son and 10yr old NT daughter. The mention of medication in this article really got to me, we put our boy on melatonin because he just wasnt sleeping. Massage didnt work because he couldnt stand to be touched at night, aromatherapy only helped slightly, firmness got us nowhere.
It turned out he was having seizures in his sleep and they were causing night terrors and waking him up. The melatonin hasnt stopped the seizures but its allowed his body to stay asleep and now he sleeps all night most nights!
He starts at a mainstream school next month, without an aid. Its a wonder what a good nights sleep can do for development!
Given what we went through you would think it was a simple decision to put him on medication. I can only take comfort in that he is a much happier boy now. Thank you for reassuring me that I am not alone in these feelings. I am mom to a 17 year old son with high functioning autism. We have fought hard for his needs for so many years because he is so special and capable. I hope we can help him successfully transition to the adult world now.
My best word of advice to others is to flow with and accept ups and downs… Sucess does not happen on a linear path and so much can be learned from the hard times.
I like allot of others stumbled upon your article on Pinterest late the other night. It left me exhausted but unable to sleep and I was desperate for some advice and words of comfort. Reading your words brought tears to my eyes, tears of relief as I battle the poor sleep patterns and find it difficult to accept melatonin may help.
As I struggle to find the right way to deal with unexpected meltdowns, obsessive behaviours, the critics of others. Thank you for these words and to the many amazing parents who have commented. My 8 year old son was just diagnosed with HFA about 6 weeks ago. It really hit me when you mentioned them giving you a hug. I give him hugs but the feeling of him hugging me back is started to fade away. I started tearing up reading this. Thank you for speaking out for us moms of high functioning kids.
Your words pinpoint everything we are currently going through, down to the decision of whether or not to medicate and what it all entails. I work in mental health with children and youth. My daughter was diagnosed in kindergarten after I discussed with her amazing teacher how intervening with her the way I would with a child on the spectrum was really effective…light bulb for both of us. She is eight now, academically bright, verbally capable. When I tell people she is on the spectrum I definitely get some shocked responses.
This has been an ongoing safety concern for her. When she struggles, her verbal ability is the first thing to go…she stops talking and stops being able to process auditory data. She has been such an amazing gift, she is always able to see the world in ways that are unique and insightful.
Your daughter sounds amazing, Danielle, and you are too for being such an awesome mom! I well understand that guilt of the delayed diagnosis as that was me with my son too. But you know what? We are both doing the best we can, so no more guilt, ok? Thank you for your post. Such great words and so accurate. My son is 3 and was diagnosed one year ago. Like so many, the misunderstanding of family is the hardest.
My sweet boy has made so much progress, thanks to a program called Son-Rise, and because if his progress they minimize his challenges.
Anyone interested in Son-Rise, the website is http: It is so amazing and did wonders for my sweet boy and me. Parents with children of all ages can benefit. I have no affiliation with them, just passing on what has been so helpful to me. Way to go, Mama! I, too, have a 12 year old son who was diagnosed with HFA at the age of Ironically…his name is also Nathan.
This post really spoke to me. I am a over 25 year prek teacher and I have had the privilege of working with many children with autism. Each child was unique, beautiful and probably taught me more than I taught them. My heart broke with many of the families as I witnessed their struggles but I also rejoiced with them when their children made big and little advances.
His case suppouse is even worse — simple autism and speaking disorder. But he or we managed to change the situation — he attends almost regulary school with very small classes and takes part at some theatre projects. My boy EJ was diagnosed autistic about 2 years ago. He is now six and a half years old. I can just concur with all of your comments! I would like to share some successes with you — perhaps you may find it useful to try or perhaps you can share this with other parents of autistic children… you never know when you will make a world of difference in their lives by just sharing a simple tip….
Firstly I need to explain that EJ was a silent reflux baby which brought about its own set of challenges… but we also used to live in a very polluted environment large petrochemical factories and coal mines and this lead to a host of ear, nose and throat infections so we actually missed most of his childhood inoculations because he never seemed to be healthy enough to receive them.
But really this all paled in comparison to the lack of sleep I experienced as a full time single working professional mom… My boy seemed to be running on solar power as he almost NEVER slept… certainly not at night! For more than 5 years I did not sleep properly and this nearly meant the end of me. Firstly because of the reflux, then the constant ear infections and from about 2 years old I assume this was when his ASD developed because of the autism! I had him at doctors, specialists, pediatricians, and even the neurological pediatrician who diagnosed him.
I begged for any medication that would help him sleep. Later on I did not even care about what people would think if I asked for medication, I was so exhausted. December we went through a particularly tough patch were I went to work for the 4th morning consecutively without any sleep.
After some discussion I informed her that I have an atopic immune deficiency which makes me allergic to certain nausea medication.
She mentioned that perhaps he inherited this and perhaps it was the anti-histamine in the meds that irritates him in stead of sedating him as one would usually expect.
She advised I stop all meds containing anti-histamine which he has been taking constantly for a chronic stuffy nose. I did not have much hope since the natural route was usually much less successful than chemical medications in my opinion at that time.
EJ fell asleep very calmly after about half an hour and slept through the night for the first time in his life! I however sat up and checked his breathing and pulse all through the night and a few nights thereafter because I simply could not comprehend how this natural supplement could be working!
Turns out my autistic boy had a out-of-whack biorhythm and all he needed was jet lag meds to help his body realize that we are primitively designed to sleep when it is dark and wake up when it is daylight!
I remember going to the doctor and asking him if the Melatonin has any side effects… turns out it has none. One capsule mixed with a bit of water or yogurt or whatever is available at night half an hour before bed and since the first night we never increased the dose and he never battled to sleep again. This helps with over stimulation, irritation and with my energy to cope with all the ASD challenges.
I am by no means an expert in the therapy but I can share what we have experienced: I do not mind figuring this out and I am convinced that I am not alone. I just think that the parents are the real specialists when it comes to conquering the challenges of autism and would in future prefer to consult with a parent first before consulting a medical professional.
LOVE their approach and insight. It does take about 3 years to implement the program but the successes are beyond belief! It certainly is aligned with my way of parenting with love an acceptance. That brought tears to my eyes! It was like I wrote it myself. I pour every ounce of myself into trying to be a good parent, and helping my daughter learn to be a functional person.
She is so frustrating and difficult to be around, so mean to her siblings. It does help to know we are not alone. I wish the best to all fellow parents of challenging children. Thank you for your words. Today has been especially hard and I came across your article on Pinterest. It was exactly what I need when I needed it. My sweet boy is 12, is in middle school and struggles every day he goes. I want him to be happy and successful and it tears me up inside to see him struggle. But no matter how hard the day is I kiss my sweet boy goodnight and thank God for blessing me with him.
Thank you for helping me understand that I am not alone. It encourages me to read comments like this! You are definitely NOT alone! And you wrote it so beautifully. Thank you for writing with such vulnerable honesty the truest experience so many of us have.
I have 17yr old twins boy and girl who both have autism. They were diagnosed very late and yet they had been in therapies early. It has been recommended that I pursue full custody when they turn That leaves me alone in my grief. This made me cry. My daughter is 7 and she also has high functioning autism. I just get so tired being momma bear, it can be exhausting. Mum of 3 with 2 on the spectrum, one high functioning autism, one with autism and a probable diagnosis for myself to be high functioning autistic too.
You echoed everything in my heart. Thank you so much for writing this post! Not less or more, just different. So again, I thank you for giving me the peaceful feeling that comes from knowing another person truly understands. We have been fighting to get my 6Yr old Daughter the Help she needs For 3 yrs this past week was the end of her Kindergarten yr and we Finally got the ball rolling for her. I have the world prepaird for her at school all the while I forgot to at home. Heck I dont know if this makes any sence to anyone but me… Never the less Thank you.
Erika — I just came across your post. We have known for a couple of years that certain things were more challenging, but now we are in this diagnosis. I have just come across your site, and will explore, but I also noticed you have 4 children.
I have 4 also 8, 6, 4 and 18 months. Or just parenting 4 very different kids??? I needed to see them today. Thank you for this Erika! This was an amazing read! It was as if I wrote it myself!
I am a true single parent to my amazing 12 year old son with HFA. I am the forever caregiver as I am a geriatric nurse as well working long, stressful days. I frequently feel overwhelmed and burnout setting in. We are about to move miles north, in hopes of a better life for us with more support. Coming across your post today was a gift and it has given me hope that their are others like us out there!
My daughter is now grown and doing extremely well, but the journey to get her to this point was daunting to say the least. Your message is so very true and the depth of understanding is so rare. I started crying when I read this! This is my daughter and myself to the T!
Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone! As much emphasis is placed on a mothers isolation it is just as hard if not harder for a father. You bring up a great point. Thank you for commenting, Travis. Hugs to you and your son! My husband feels the same way. But other people look at us and say or think, wow they must not be disciplining him. I am an occupational therapist with a 10 year old daughter with high functioning autism.
I know how to advocate for her, I know what therapies she needs, I know how to set up her day for success, But unless you are walking the walk every day with a high functioning autistic child, you feel like there is no one to share your heartbreaks and successes with. Top that off with information overload and living in a very rural community, and isolation is the only way to describe it.
So thank you for helping me and every other parent of a high functioning ASD child a little less alone. Hello, as everyone else says, thank you for writing this post.
I just happened across it and I am so happy that I did. I have an 11 year old son that was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year.
I have known since he was just a baby that something was different. He became more aggressive towards his little sister and us. We then moved out of state and with all the changes that were happening in his life at that time he was struggling. Nobody in that area worked with kids over the age of 6. Well now what am I suppose to do????? Well I got annoyed enough about the doctors not being able to help us that I started looking into everything myself.
I came across Asperger experts and they have a good online program. We eventually ended up moving back to our hometown and will be looking into finding some help for Ethan. He seems happier now that we are back and a bit less aggressive. But I do notice a sadness about him. He misses where we just moved from even though we were there for a pretty short time 3 years.
Everyday since he was a baby I have walked on egg shells around him. Never knowing what will trigger him into a meltdown or a shutdown. Guilt that I feel so burnt out by him. Guilt that I do t have the joy that I should have in being a mom. Guilt that I count down the days until he graduates.
Guilt that for years we thought he was just being disobedient. Sadness also that I look at other families and see such happy children and a mom filled with joy as she raises her kids, and think to myself I wishmy family was the same way. A new couple just started attending our church and their daughter acts just like our son. Erika, Thank you for this beautiful and very relatable letter.
I just came across this as I did an internet search. We could be good friends! You touched on so many things moms of theses very special kiddos share.
My baby is now 20 and life has gotten better is some areas, but more difficult in others. While she is beautiful and looks like a 20 year old, she has the social emotional maturity of someone much younger. We had an awful situation this fall while she was attending community college that almost crushed her heart and swallowed mine.
She was sexually assaulted by someone she know and trusted. It was unimaginable anguish. She is so trusting and naieve, But prayers and love and long talks with God are what get us through. Do you know of any bloggers, support groups, etc online for moms of older kids with high functioning ASD?
I would love to connect with other parents dealing with issues we are going through. Thank you so much! Well, I finally have an explanation that makes sense, kinda.
I also had my heart break all over again listening to him talk about being left out, and feeling lonely. She does great at school, some how not doing any ticks that anyone sees. When I pick her up from school full day reg. Kindergarten ; it starts. I always forget to take care of my self. I have a husband and 18 year old daughter at home and a 22 year old daughter not far from home. No one else gets her like I do. Husband and daughters are no help with her.
They just think she is miss behaving and a lot of times they just yell at her to stop her ticks or behaviors. She is not potty trained yet either; she has no interest at all. So I just wait. The problem lately is she keeps getting ear infections on her 4th one I believe in the last 4 months. She also gets fever of degrees with the ear infections the one before this one she had for 4 days that only went down to with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Looking for new pediatrician for my old one had no concerns about my daugher ever. I got her tested and was found to be delayed enough to get into public school preschool. She was there for 3 years — 3 days a week for about 3 hours. She started to improve after only a month or two in preschool. She has missed so much school, and when she goes she is tardy a lot.
All of her little things that can go wrong some days. I found a few more just like me. I love her more than anything in the world and would do anything for her. Thank you for writing what I feel every day. I have shared the article on my FB page and encouraged my friends to read it.
This is a great post that many of us can relate to. You might like my book, Beyond Rain Man, our very similar story medication, treatments, feeling like we were going crazy.
My son is now 23 and doing well. My son was diagnosed a couple of months ago. Thank you for posting this! I too like a few stuumled upon it whilst researching a million posts on the net regarding Autism.
I had gone to a few professionals who had ruled out autism even though he had stereotypic movement. I realize this article is two years old, but I am just reading it now and I have tears in my eyes.
I was labeled a helicopter parent by doctors and their staffs. We were blessed to get a doctor who, after our 2nd appointment, asked me if anyone had ever mentioned my son might be Autistic. He instantly became my hero. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was just 2 years ago.
I try not to think about the missed opportunities for him. I get angry if I ponder it too much. This blog post was like you had been a fly on the wall in my most private moments. No one really understands. Sending you lots of hugs, Kim. I stumbled across this after getting my diagnosis of High Functioning autism last night. She always says she wishes that she could just wave a magic wand and make everything better. My psychologist said after she said I had the diagnosis that she was going to discharge me, which was terrifying.
Which are NOT caused by the autism, despite her believing so. Which was never the case. And then then took me off it once I attempted suicide.
She just wants me to be happy and so do I, really. Sorry for the rambling. I just came across this on Pinterest. It is such a mix of emotions having a high functioning Autistic child. My son was diagnosed at 3 and is now 12, this has been our life for some time.
I find myself trying to convince those unkind as to how incredible he is. Praying for all of you Autism moms and for the sometimes difficult but incredible journey we get to experience. Any way thank you for writing this! As a dad, I can relate to many of these points. Thank you for putting into words what I feel.
I appreciate your story. I am an early childhood teacher, with 2 sons. I took advantage of my connections at school to get my son services for speech and OT before he was school age. At that time he was 3 with a developmental delay. We also had him in speech at the local health department. Everyone has access to the same services. Please check with your school district and health department to see what services they offer.
The struggle is real. My family is very fortunate that we have so much support from family and friends. No he isnt like his little brother but no 2 kids are like each other!! He has overcome so many fears and struggles.
We continue to teach him tools to help himself. We love them both the same but different. They both hold our hearts in their little hands! Especially the part about the medication hits the mark… Thank you for letting me feel less alone!
Erika, you said it all perfectly! My 12 year old daughter was just diagnosed with ASD. Calling the police on my daughter and hospitalizing her 6 times has been so incredibly exhausting. Her speaking of suicide and several mild attempts brought me to think of ending my own life several times.
It is torture watching your child go through emotional and mental struggles and not know what to do. I can see the pain in her eyes, as I know she does not want to be this way. Feeling helpless has defined me for years now. I have nothing left. Your article was right on for me. As we still search for answers and help, I will remember that I am not alone! We struggle daily but it is good to know that others have the same internal struggles I do. From the bottom of my restless and sometimes hopeless heart, I deeply thank you, I needed these words.
Every word, every thought, every doubt, I have felt! My son is six and considered high functioning. He does the same for me. Thanks for sharing, Crysal. I found out a few years ago that my daughter has autism. I hope to find out how to better parent her. Thank you for this article. My daughter is 13 and was just diagnosed with Highly Functioning Autism. I have been saying since she was 2 that there was something different but no one listened and now we are going through hell and back.
It was like a switch turned on the beginning of this year and she started with cutting and then anorexia and the depression and anxiety. Now she is accusing my husband of things he never did. You are not alone.
He has been on Risperdone, Guanfacine for a few years. The hospital has changed it to Xyprexa Guanfacine and another med to control his nightmares. I really want to find a better way to help this child. He was born addicted to drugs and spent the first 6 months of his life in the hospital. We are trying everything Dr.
CAn anyone help us? What state are you in? Ginger Taylor is in Maine. She might be able to help you. Friend request her on Facebook and tell her TMR sent you. Is Bangor, Maine anywhere near you? This post is helpful for everyone. Thank you for sharing.
I live in California and my daughter takes risperdone for anxiety. Can I legally give her Cbd oil. If you are giving her CBD oil derived from cannabis, you would need a recommendation from a physician to legally purchase the CBD oil.
There are a few doctors who will recommend to minors, but they are harder to find. Most of the parents that I talk to have their own recommendation and then give the minors the CBD oil. I hope this is helpful, good luck with the CBD oil. I can say from experience that it works and there are no side effects. Let me know if this answers your question. I have a younger brother who is 13 years old and high functioning autistic.
My mother has tried many things such as neorobiofeedback therapy and several social groups. We feel as though he is getting worse! Right now he is extremely anxious and anti-social. He is also taking chlorella each day to rid mercury.
We were interested in the marijuana, but are unsure of the dosage and strain. She outlines a very valid approach to treatment that can help you pinpoint the biggest issues for your brother. I know this post is old, so I wonder if I will get a response. I am about to try medical marijuana for my 14 you son with severe anxiety which becomes anger outburst.
Does anyone have an idea of what strains and delivery method is best for this? Me and My wife need your Help. We just learned that our almost 3 year old son has ABD….. We are thinking to try CBD as well, but still researching this option, not sure what CBD oil we can try with our child. I read stories here where moms tell stories about a kid cured using CBD oil and this gives us a huge breath of hope and belief, please share your experience in numbers and names, in locations and dosage, not just stories but useful information, please that would really help.
Please help us with an advise or with whatever you can in our fight agains Autism. Thank you in advance. I like the CBD from cannabis rather than hemp, provides more terpenes and benefits than industrial hemp. Dosage varies — depends on weight, tolerance. Experimentation is really the only way to find out.
I get mine from amastoned. Have tried 6 different seizure Medes without good and even horrifying side effects. Had craniotomy last year and struggle with seizures. Severe depression and panic attacks. What type of marijuans strands is recommended. Jennifer, I recommend watching our cannabis webinar.
The medical cannabis strains for epilepsy are suggested by medical cannabis doctors. However, there are different names for each drug. While I wish I could, the sad fact is that this is a big game. All I want is my child to be seizure free. And not be suffering. Can you recommend any additional strains? Here in Colorado the variety is immense and confusing because the sales people are mostly just rumor mongers.
However, something you wrote really bothered me as a mental health professional and relative of individuals who have ASD. It is a functional and structural difference in the brain. Symptoms can be managed and treated, but not recovered from. He will always have some struggles, and you must recognize that as his mother.
You can only teach him and help him function, and help the symptoms. Individuals with ASD are unique and can bring new about changes. Just look at some of the great minds many believe had ASD like Einstein. Jess, there is NO evidence that autism is a fully genetic disorder. You have been listening to the wrong people. Study after study has shown that genetics can only possibly account for about half of autism. This is just one of the many studies http: There have been case after case of children who have recovered completely.
Raun Kaufman was diagnosed as profoundly autistic before he was two years old. In his case, it worked. Completely and utterly, and you would know that if you saw him give one of his dynamic lectures that he gives all over the country in his role as the Director of Global Education at the Autism Treatment Center of America.
Frankly, I find that ridiculous. I hear others have managed it, and I aspire to what they have achieved because I would rather NOT have asthma than have asthma. But because some people feel that way does not mean that they should get to define life for others with the condition.
You might want to read this piece which covers many of the medical aspects of autism very well: The fact that those conditions are part of the picture for a large segment of the autistic population means that autism is not a separate genetic mental condition from the rest of the symptoms that are clearly the result of overall toxic burden.
If you reduce the toxic burden, you can reduce autism symptoms and behaviors. You are basing your conclusion on a lousy premise: My son Nic is severely autistic non verbal. And we recently found out he several other health problems. Including Still active stage 3 liver disease with bridging fibrosis. He was on one from the time he was 3 till now 9. We live in Pa although it is legal here.
How can I get around this. Poor Nic is loosing his mind! I really need more info on the exact type, breed, generation of the plants that help autistic people get rid of the severe anxiety they suffer from. And he also has severe muscle spasms. And he needs to eat more. We were in the hospital all July.
By the time I can go to a dispensary here it will be to late! How can I get this NOW! Hi LeighAnn, the situation is enormously complicated, and the lowdown I hear is that no one in Pennsylvania is likely to be too much help, though I will email you the phone number of someone who might be able to give you some info. Sorry, gotta jump in here. I have two children diagnosed with severe autism.
My child is cured and while I love my children with or without autism I wish for them to function at their highest potential. Most autism families I know want the same thing. Autism is not the cool, nerdy, trend that some people think should be celebrated. Not when you are scraping poo out of the crevices of your wood floor, dealing with bruises and blood from head banging, watching your child writhe in pain from intense chronic GI upset.
I know plenty of autism families who have been doing just that for years and now are worried about how to transition their child to a group home when they are too old to care for them. When the diversity movement shows me one person who is non verbal and in diapers that communicated the desire to keep themselves just exactly as is for perpetuity then I will take your agenda more seriously. Remember, my daughter was severely autistic, recovered, had her diagnosis removed and is now cured.
She vividly remembers and describes what autism was like and she states very emphatically that she is grateful to be cured of autism. And by the way, there is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. And nope, not one single family member with any type of cognitive dysfunction in any side of the family. I have to kids 16,12 that both have been on seizure meds and very autistic both are very moderate cognitive border severe. Im not getting any younger and takin care of them seems to bet getting harder.
Please let me know if you got any answers to your question of how to start the treatment. Need help in getting start our journey with cannabis.
Buy some from someone you trust or grow your own plants.. Unless of course you live where it is legal or can move to where it is. If you need some help in the process of growing then email me. This is for anyone on here wanting help. Israel is making great progress on medical cannabis used to treat autism.
What strands help severe autism, anxiety, muscle pain and will give the munchies to my son. He has liver disease and terrible food issues! CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.
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