Autism Resources

3492401705 0fe96f78c5 m Autism ResourcesLooking for information on Autism? What you’ll find here is our real-life stories of life with my two kids. Both my children were diagnosed with Autism, Graham when he was 18 months and Tessa when she was 2. They both had delays in expressive and receptive language and decreased eye contact. Until he was 3, Graham received about 25 hours per week of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy through Early Intervention. Tessa currently gets about 12. Graham is now in school in an integrated classroom with a few hours of ABA focusing on social skills. You can hear a little bit about what life is like for us now at our entry for the This Is Our Autism series.

Before Graham was diagnosed I just felt like a really terrible parent. Parents are supposed to enjoy their kids and want to spend time with them but I felt so much pressure and anxiety because my child was always so difficult. Finding out what it all means has been a relief and a big help since my kids received services helping him more than we ever could alone. I won’t say it’s been perfect, but it’s been a lot easier and it gets better every year.

One major reason this blog is important to me is that I hope people looking for information and support will read our story and feel a little bit better. You can also follow any of my posts with the Autism tag to get relevant stories.

Here are some of my posts from our journey through Graham’s diagnosis and therapy:

You can also read more from me and others at Parents Magazine’s Voices of Autism and over at About.com’s Autism and Mother’s Day Essays.

I really recommend the CDC’s site on signs of autism if you’re concerned about a child you know.

My favorite resource is other blogs and following the experiences of other parents. Because autism is such a wide spectrum it’s helpful to get a variety of information and anecdotes. Many of them are also on Twitter where we share our good and our bad days.

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