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What's Wrong With Him - Answering the Tough Questions about my Autistic Son - Emily's Puzzle - emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

What’s Wrong With Him?

Answering the tough questions about my autistic son. Sometimes I forget that my sons have autism, until other children their age come over to play.  Then I'm quickly and sometimes harshly reminded of their differences. Little by little over the years our fenced in backyard…
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Autism

And Then There Were Two

"So that’s that.” I thought as I hung up the phone with the doctor. She had just informed me that my “neurotypical” child, my youngest son, Eli was also on the spectrum.  His older brother, Owen was diagnosed with autism shortly after Eli was born.  This shouldn’t have come as a big surprise because I know the large part genetics plays in autism and I’ve been watching Eli for red flags since birth.  He first began showing signs of autism at  four months old. However, as his language took off, along with his ability to follow one and two step directions and engage socially with his peers, I dared to believe that he was neurotypical. Even then, my thoughts constantly bounced between “Is he?” and “Isn’t he?”  Still, hearing the words out loud came as a surprise and they stung a little.
Accepting Autism - Emily's Puzzle - A mother's emotional journey upon receiving her sons autism diagnosis from grief to acceptance. www.emilyspuzzle.com
Autism

Accepting Autism

I never want Owen to feel that his autism is something that needs to be hidden. I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to fix him or disguise his disability because of my inability to accept his diagnosis. Acceptance helped me let go of my expectations of what our life should be and embrace what are lives are really like today.

Emily's Puzzle - Life After Autism - Autism, Family Marriage, Parenting, & Acceptance
Autism

Life After Autism

I had no idea that January 22, 2013, was the day that our life's course would be forever changed.  That our outlook and perspectives on life would shift and who we were as people, parents and a family would never be the same.  All of…