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Wait List after Wait List after Wait list

OK, with diagnosis “confirmed”, now what? There must be services out there to help him? There has to be something out there to help impacted families? The provincial government had closed or was in the process of closing all institutions … Continue reading

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Parent Support Group

My preschool days with N were like nothing I could ever have imagined. My life had gone ridiculous on me. In a typical day, I had to do crazy things to help him cope. I would spin him (and me), … Continue reading

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The coffee clatch

We got together every so often, the coffee clatch. Our kids all attended the same school, although in different grades. On this particular day coffee was at my house. N had been diagnosed, he was upstairs hiding from the noisy … Continue reading

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Diagnosis Part 2

It took too long but we eventually did get it: the diagnosis of mod-severe autism. Another assessment from a service provider reaffirmed the diagnosis of Dr. K. All this stuff, this business of a diagnosis, it felt like a blow, … Continue reading

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Diagnosis

When Nicholas was just over 2 years old I took him to a speech path, because as yet he had no speech and language. As i have mentionned in previous posts his principal method of communication was crying and screaming. … Continue reading

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Early Signs of Autism

When he was between 18 months and 2 years there was a significant change in N’s behavior. My smiling, good-natured baby became highly anxious, and unsettled. His behavior reflected this anxiety, it appeared that N was having difficulty coping with … Continue reading

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The train wreck

After we came home from Sick Kids, life did not improve. Our nightmare continued, for N did not seem to be recovering. We found ourselves swinging from terror to uneasy reassurance. When we hit the fear end of the cycle, … Continue reading

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It was all going wrong

Looking back at that RSV experience and how I felt at the time, I now marvel at my own insight, how I knew, even then, that this time was of great consequence, for my son, for me, for my family. … Continue reading

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Early Illness

My autistic son Nicholas was born December 11, 2001.  He was my third son, my other 2 boys are “normal”.   There were no complications with his delivery, he was a healthy 7.2 lbs and I had a normal healthy pregnancy. … Continue reading

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