Autism and My Son’s Empathy

Autism and My Son's Empathy

It’s been said that people with autism are incapable of empathy. Quite frankly, I think that is ridiculous. My son has always been intuitive. He knows when I am stressed or sad, even when I try to mask it, and he responds accordingly. My son’s empathy is growing in the same way he is.

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{KWW} Mommy, we should probably take a picture of this.

Mommy, we should probably take a picture of this.

It was our first night in the new house. C didn’t have a bed here yet. We turned it into a slumber party in Mommy and Daddy’s room. He was visibly nervous, biting his nails and chatting nonstop. He had excitement about the new house mixed with agitation about every new noise. Finally, he said he was ready to go to sleep – but first, “Mommy, we should probably take a picture of this.”

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My Big Boy Voice is at the New House

Moving is difficult. Change is hard. Throw autism in the mix and being unsettled is like feeling your way around in the dark. It’s anxiety-inducing and downright frightening. C has not been handling the move well. He is very excited about his new house and his new room (which is now blue, per his request!), but there are a lot of emotions for him to handle.

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The G-Tube: 2.5 Years Later {Feeding Tube Awareness Week 2016}

What I Don't Say About Being a Special Needs Mom

C had his emergency trip to the hospital in 2013, where he received his NG-tube and later a G-tube. I never imagined that he would still have his low-profile g-tube button 2.5 years later. The g-tube has become so much a part of daily life that it’s just normal. The only time I really think about it being different is when I’m asked the most common question of the past 2.5 years: “When do you think he’ll get the tube out?” Or, the less P.C. version, “So do you think he’ll ever eat by himself?”

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C Creates a Game to Help Baby Jo Avoid a Meltdown {Video}

C has come so far in therapy since June. His interactions with Baby Jo have changed drastically for the better. It has been fascinating for me to watch him with her lately, because he is very in tune to her needs. Much like C, Baby Jo is experiencing a behavioral decline in the same timeframe as her autism diagnosis. He talks her through things that upset her, comforts her during distress, and even helps redirect her attention. In this video, C creates a game to help Baby Jo avoid a meltdown by redirecting.

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