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Raising Autism 4 life...

Published on 2/1/2013
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Raising Autism 4 life. That's what we learned on January 23, 2002.

Our son Parker was diagnosed with Autism January 23, 2002. We really didn't know what it really meant. All we knew was that autism was an illness that could not be cured. We didn't know where it came from. We didn't know where to turn.

With the number of people being diagnosed with autism there are still so many that don't understand what autism is. Here is a brief description of the definition of autism.

Autism is one of a group of neurodevelopmental disorders known as pervasive developmental disorders, which are characterized by impaired communication, impaired social interaction, and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviors or interests.

What autism means to us: our little boy may never lead a normal life . What autism means to us: our little boy may never speak to us. What autism means to us: We're going to have a really hard life.

With the birth of our second child Parker we knew it would be hard just to raise a second child. We had no idea how hard it would really be. He seemed to be growing up just like his brother. Following everything his brother had done. They were only 19 months apart. Then one day it all just stopped.

He stopped using words. He stopped interacting with us. He seemed to be by himself. Not playing with toys properly. Flapping his hands constantly. Walking on his toes. Laughing at things that weren't even there. It seemed that he was also deaf.

As time went by we knew something had to be done. We took him to the doctor who referred us to Early Intervention. We knew then there had to something wrong.

Today our son is 12 years old and still can't speak. It's been a really rough road. But it's also been fun. Instead of teaching him he is teaching us.

It is 4am and I am still up with him. He doesn't seem to want to sleep. I wanted to write a blog to make myself feel better and hopefully help others understand more about autism.

I'm going to sleep now even though he is still up. The crazy things we have to do to make sure our child is safe at night. It will amaze some of you. Every day I will try to post for I have so much more to tell you about. I hope you come back and read more about Parker. Thanks for stopping by.
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