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Old 04-01-2013, 10:30 PM
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April is autism awareness month.

There is a move afoot by adult auties to get this renamed to autism acceptance month. The feeling is, unless you've been living under a rock you're aware of autism. Unfortunately acceptance is another issue altogether.

I'm willing to bet you've been in a store or in a parking lot seeing a kid throwing a tantrum and thought either "bratty kid" or "bad parenting". No one ever thinks "autistic meltdown".

I know this to be true bc many times I've had people pull out their cell phones to call the cops or CPS on me. Never once has anyone asked if I needed a hand.

So I'd agree, acceptance is needed!

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:55 PM

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Our son is not autistic. But as a 2 yr old would have the worst tantrums when he felt we did not understand him. If we were out shopping, our only choice was to leave. I mean laydown screaming and kicking for what seemed to us No reason at all. No amount of educating him or even a spanking worked. One day my husband carried out to the car our screaming, biting 2 yr old. A woman explained that she would call the police if he hit that child again. I feel your pain. Our son as it turns out is gift in his head. He was not able to tell us what he wanted at the time. The furstration that he felt, no one can imagine. As years have gone on, he has shown that he is able to deduct reasonably and has very sound thinking. He is in computers. He is able to do things that make no sense to me. He will be graduating as a programer in about a year. I have no desire to " dot dot dash " my way to make a new program. But he loves it.

It would be so nice if people did not judge what we do. I will admit I do it as well. TY for the reminder of how it feels to have it done to me.
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My son is heading to college in August for game design. He builds computer games from scratch in his bedroom on a $500 computer he bought himself.

I'm glad your son found something he likes to do. Seems he came through ok at the end

My husband didn't get diagnosed until our son did. By then DH was 40. So you just never know.
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I have SO been there. The judgement passed on from people who didn't know or understand what was happening was the worst! My ds is almost 13 now and while he still has occasional meltdowns, they're not as severe as they were when he was younger. Acceptance is a definite issue!
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I am a pre school special education teacher who deals with meltdowns, too! The past few years I have been in separate specialty schools, and this year my classroom is back in a regular elementary and I am so impressed with the increased awareness and acceptance of autism. I have experienced just a tiny bit of what you moms go through when I have kids melting down and other staff wondering what I am doing to these children or why am I ignoring some crying--thinking there must be something very wrong. I salute you Moms!
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