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Managing Expectations - Making the Most Out of My Child's Autism Therapies - Emily's Puzzle - My son's autism therapies were more to teach me how to teach my son. EmilysPuzzle.com
Autism

Managing Expectations

Making the Most out of my Child's Autism Therapies Welcoming my autistic son’s therapists into our lives was bittersweet. I didn’t want my son to need therapists to help him do things that other kids his age did automatically.  I was grateful for their help,…
How Far We've Come: Two Autism Diagnoses in Three Years - Emily's Puzzle - www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

How Far We’ve Come

Two Autism Diagnoses in Three Years

On April 19th we took our youngest son, Eli to the same doctor that had diagnosed his older brother with autism three years ago. This time it was Eli’s turn to be observed, asked a couple of questions and put through a series of play tasks before diagnosing him with a lifetime disability of autism spectrum disorder.
Underestimating Autism - Emily's Puzzle - Every time I start thinking we have this autism thing figured out, I get snapped back to reality quickly. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

Underestimating Autism

As we were discharged from the hospital with our very sick little boy I couldn’t get the words, underestimating autism out of my head.  They just kept popping up amidst the fog that had entered my brain since we took our son to the ER the day before. Seeing my child in pain, putting him through painful tests without any preparation and not knowing how much he understood was heartbreaking. 
Can He Talk - Emily's Puzzle - Communication problems in children with autism
Autism

Can He Talk?

After hearing that my child has autism, the two questions I’m most frequently asked are, “Can he talk?” and “Is he high functioning?” When I answer “yes” to either question, their response is usually, “That’s good.”  As if I can breathe a sigh of relief because my child is only moderately disabled.