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Diagnosed with Autism at 8 years – Our Daughter’s Journey

Diagnosed with Autism at 8 years – Our Daughter’s Journey

Our household has been through two separate autism diagnosis.  First was our son at age 23 months, then our daughter diagnosed with autism at age 8.  After that, our older daughter also received an Autism Diagnosis at age 11. Below is the story I shared about the process leading up to our younger daughter being diagnosed.  I learned very quickly that autism is different in girls.  So much so, that it is often missed.  She had been going to doctors for years until we found the right doctor. Since then, our lives have changed for the better.  I wanted to…
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Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

Sensory Overload- Learning to Balance Life with Autism

    One of the biggest expenses our family has invested in over the years, is season passes to Six Flags.  As a child, I only went there a few times. My husband, however, found himself there much more often.  With him having a Halloween birthday, Fright Fest is a must this time of year!  Today was our first attempt at a daytime, fright fest adventure to six flags with an autistic child.  Even as quote "normal" adults, we get a sensory overload every now and again. As a little man whose main sensory issues are visual and hearing, a…
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Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Our First Autistic Birthday- Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

Last year, we experienced our first autistic birthday (or so we thought!).  This was just six weeks after our son's diagnosis and 6 weeks before our daughters.No two children with autism are the same (I can attest to that!).  But looking back, I wish I had come across someone sharing their story.  It has been moments like these that make I feel God is pulling my heart to continue to share.  With experience comes knowledge.  Even if that knowledge is to bring a coffee and candy bar for myself next time!  Hope you enjoy this flash back to our first autistic…
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Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

Autism Diagnosis at 23 months. One family’s start on an autism journey

As a parent, you quickly learn your children's personalities. We have four children, three girls and one boy.  Now with the girls, I will fully admit that I was overwhelmed.  When our youngest daughter was born, we had three daughters ages five and under.  My mom called them her little whirlwinds, and man did that describe them well! Seven years went by, us thinking that our family was complete. That was until I found out we were pregnant with our fourth child, a boy. This is where the search for an autism diagnosis began. Fast forward.  Early morning on the thirteenth…
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When You Child Isn’t Hitting Their Milestones, Is it Autism?

When You Child Isn’t Hitting Their Milestones, Is it Autism?

Is it autism?  Here is where I shared the story of our son prior to his diagnosis. When we were questioning, but didn't know where to begin and what to expect.  My goal in sharing this intimate view into our lives is to help other parents in this situation.  With 1 in 68 children diagnosed with Autism in the United States, this is more common that not.  If you are looking for a list of symptoms for both babies and children, please see our list here.    I am always here to listen, offer personal advice, or point you in…
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