Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Muskyman, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Today is Worldwide Autism Day. As a father of a son with Autism, I wanted to bring awareness to this terrible disorder that is affecting 1 in 150 kids born, 1 in 94 boys. He is making good progress, but we have a long way to go in his recovery. This is a terrible disorder that has to be stopped.
  2. One of my best friends has a son who is autistic. Are you aware of the assistance that's available from the state to help w/ therapies, education options, etc. but mainly paying for services? They have an aide who is with their son pretty full time. They may qualify for more than most because he is an adopted child. They spent years fighting the system to get what they get now. Every bit helps! If you want some info pm me & I'll call her. I'm sure she would give you whatever advice she can to aim you towards assistance.

  3. jeffmo

    jeffmo officially unofficial!!!!

    don't ever give up or believe that your son is limited!
    my son Woody was diagnosed with autism at childrens hospital in Columbus when he was about first we were told that he would never be able to read or write his name!
    before we left an aide to the doctor that diagnosed him met us in the hall.she gave us a name and number of a doctor at the nisonger clinic at ohio state who was working with autistic children.we called him and he agreed to see our son.
    he took our son to a room that was set up like a play room and we watched through a window.the doctor,James Mcdonald,got down on the floor and played with Woody,spoke with him,and just interacted with him for about 20 minutes.when he came back into the room with us the first thing he said was "well,i'm going to save you hundreds of dollars this Christmas.don't buy him a bunch of those educational toys,he doesn't need them!" he followed that up with "he's going to be just fine so don't worry."
    over the next couple of months he taught us a different way to work with Woody and play with the time he was barely speaking and had very little interaction skills with people.what the doctor taught us was to make the same noises that he was making and to play with the same toys that he was playing first he wanted nothing to do with sharing his toys.he would grab them back and turn away.we would just crawl around so we were facing him again and continue playing.while this was happening we would interject regular,simple words into the interaction.if he would pick up a toy truck and make a noise we would reach out,touch it and say truck.sometimes he would be pretty darn stubborn(like his mom!!!)and resist our words and interactions but as time went on our persistance really paid off with amazing progress.
    he began speaking alot more and actually wanted to interact with us.although his language wasn't the best at first he improved rapidly.we enrolled him in a special needs school in our town and they were very good about working with him on his socialization and writing skills.after a year we transferred him into kindergarten at out local first he had a tough time adapting to the change of being around so many other children but he learned very quickly.the school provided him with an aide to help him with what ever he needed at school.
    each year there were new concerns about this or that and each year he has shown that he has been able to do basically as well as any other student.
    that was about 16 years ago and now he is a junior in high school.
    he still has an aide with him but could probably do without one!
    he continues to take regular classes,has a ton of friends and smiles and laughs just like any other kid.he is a whiz on the computer with a special knack for computer drawing and he began writing his own stories a few years back.
    oh,his grade accumulated grade average is now a 3.7!!!!
    it's funny how life goes sometimes.when he was 1st diagnosed we were really heart broken because we were worried about how much he was going to miss out on but now we look back and have realized that he has given us MORE than we ever imagined or could have hoped for.
    he's one of the most special persons i've had the priveledge of knowing!
    if you ever need any help feel free to pm me.
  4. littleking

    littleking Crossing Lines LIKE A PRO

  5. I didn't know that about today. I've seen the commercials for Autism. The first time I seen the commercial I told my wife I thought the odds were greater than 1 in 150 kids that would get it.

    When I was a Junior and Senior in High School I worked with the Special Olympics. It was amazing to see how happy these kids were. I was working a putting contest. Everyone just for trying got a prize. Of course if you made it in the hole you got a better prize. These kids would miss the putt, get a little plastic airplane that probably cost about a penny and they were so happy. They would turn around and get right back in line to try again.

    Working with the SO and seeing some of these kids I'm so amazed at how they don't want to give up and want to be "regular" like everyone else. Sometimes I wish I could have half the heart that some of those kids have. :(
  6. I don't personally have any experience with dealing with autism but I have known a few families that have so I have seen how much of a commitment it takes from the family. Jeffmo's story is a great story of dealing with it as a family. I am sure that you are aware of the support groups that are available in most areas and I think that can be a great resource to draw from as well. I am sure that initially it seems like an awful blow to take. Face it with the faith, confidence, and devotion that Jeff did and I hope that someday we can hear your testimony of the success as well.
  7. Darwin

    Darwin If your gonna be a bear..

  8. zipperneck52

    zipperneck52 fished with Noah

    My son was 1 of those ADD/ADHD types when he was 3. when he was in jr high we took him to an allergist and a child Psychiatrist at Metro Hosp. lots of tests later we found out he had asbergers syndrom and an allergy to grass and other plants. it took love and patience and lots of quiet times for all of us, but now he's 23, working, a high school grad and his dads huntin buddy. Don't give up!! And yes, he sometimes has bad days, but in today's world so does everyone who's not on constant meds...
  9. All of your post are great! I to believe( and know for a fact) that these things can be dealt with in a way that these children have just the same success as others. I am a Intervention Specialist, and though I just graduated not to long ago, I have had the pleasure of working with all types of students (aspergers, autism, fragile-x, add/adhd,Blind, deaf, all types of MR, etc...) with these so called disabilities. These kids can do so much more than people realize, just takes certain people to get it from them. My job is the most rewarding job I know, seeing these kids live on their own or gradute high school is just simply amazing...especially when no one but you thinks they can. If anyone needs any advice on anything, I would be glad to help as much as I can. :)
  10. WOW! IN true OGF fashion, I try to raise awareness and maybe help someone else, and I'm the one getting the support and help!! Thank you to everyone for the responses.
    Jeffmo, Thanks for a great and inspiring story. It sounds like your son's and mine's story are very much alike. It's nice knowing I'm not alone fighting this.
    Once again, thank you all, gotta love OGF!
  11. Zfish

    Zfish More Horsepower Raider!!


    You're correct. A lot of people make it sound like it's the end of the world and it's not. The reason I know so well is that my wife is finishing up her doctorate degree in Psycology (specifically Children with Autism and other disabilites). When she first started working with Ben he couldnt speak or do many of the things that people consider normal. After a couple years He still doesnt talk a whole lot but does sign language, writes and understands everything. He's a genius on the computer and with math too.

    Every year that I possibly can I also take him to the Fishing for Friends outting host by Bubbahunter. That may be something you may want to go to at some point. Usually it's the 1st weekend of June and there are several members on the site who go to help out. It's a great thing.

    Others are right there is a whole lot of funding out there to be had out there. Ben gets just about everything paid for but like the others said they did have to fight for a lot of it. His parents are also laywers and I can probably get more info from them if you're interested

    Zipper : FYI there is no such thing as ADD it is really ADHD. I get yelled at by my wife everytime I mention ADD lol :)

    Littleking : You'd be amazed how many people have that and don't know that they have a mild form. A whole lot of computer genius's and programmers and those types of jobs have some form of it. Not all of course but there are a lot more than you'd think.
  12. BigChessie

    BigChessie BIG PIMPIN' "GIGELO"

    This has to be one of the few sites left, where you can post up things that are close to you and recieve nothing but the best stories and responses. I find myself more and more reading , learning things here that I had no or just limited knowledge about, just to help get things off my mind and deal what is going on in my life. Wonderful site with some wonderful members.
  13. Darwin

    Darwin If your gonna be a bear..

    I have read more than once from different documents that it is believed Albert Einstein had Aspergers. The first time I had read this was soon after my son was diagnosed. Then in the third grade he had to do a book report on a subject of his choice. He chose Albert Einstein because we had just watched a show on the History Channel about him. We went to the library and got a couple of books on Einstein. He started reading them right away and came to me and said the following. "Dad a lot of people think Albert Einstein had Aspergers, I wonder if I will be as smart as him"?