Our son’s Aspergers / Autism Diagnosis
So, this post is a little different than the usual posts you’ll find on Coupons & Freebies Mom. But, since April is Autism Awareness month, it’s something I wanted to share with you. One of our sons was recently diagnosed with Aspergers / high functioning autism. To be honest, the official diagnosis wasn’t really a shock to us, as we had suspected he it when he was as young as 6 – 10 months old. He wasn’t like other kiddos. People kept saying “he’ll grow out of it”, but the older he got, this simply hasn’t been the case.
We love him to pieces, but living with a kiddo with Aspergers definitely has its challenging moments. He is way beyond his years in intelligence, but he doesn’t “connect” socially with people, at least not very easily, and this creates for some exciting moments when we’re out & about! Plus, tantrums go beyond tantrums, turning into total meltdowns that can last for hours.
I recently heard the new statistic for autism is that 1 in 55 boys have autism. This number is astounding! We live in a rural area, and resources are somewhat limited here, which makes life even more challenging. I’m not going to go into the details of our journey here (I’ll save that for another post)… But with that being said, I know we have lots of readers who also have children or grandchildren (or other relatives) on the autism spectrum. Please know that you are not alone! We’d love to hear from folks who have kiddos or other relatives who have been diagnosed with autism. Feel free to leave a comment & share your story below, or contact us to share your story! We’d love to hear from YOU!
-Jaime (aka “MOM”) @ Coupons & Freebies Mom