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Name: Angel Saunders
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When my son was 15 months old his pediatrician told us that he has red flags for autism. I have been through numerous hoops to see what is wrong with my son. Since Nicholas was 14 months old I have thought something was different with him. He wouldn't hold his bottle; he wouldn't walk, talk, etc. He finally walked at 14 1/2 months old. Nicholas has never played with other children. He will play around them as long as my 6 year old is there. If he does interact with them, he ends up attacking them. We can no longer bathe Nicholas with our 6 year old and our 1 year old. He ends up attacking them and in the end they all end up screaming. In fact the brother and sister are scared of Nicholas. He has kicked my 1 year old. It is more than just being a bully. He has these meltdowns that are terrible. He tears up the whole house. He will attack us if things don't go right. Nicholas did not talk until about 5 months ago after he started speech therapy. He will be 3 in July. We have traveled to Savannah, Georgia, Albany, Georgia, Nashville, Georgia, etc. trying to get help. We are on the waiting list for the Marcus Institute and the North Florida Autism and Behavioral Center for Children. I know in my heart that there is something wrong with Nicholas. I was even turned down for an appointment with a Dr. in Atlanta, Georgia because I didn't have Medicaid; I have private insurance. I am at a point that I don't know what to do. We can't go to the park, the mall, the grocery store or family's homes because Nicholas has a meltdown when it gets time to go. If his clothes do not feel right, he goes into orbit. He is obssessed with my father. If my father goes to leave without him, he has a meltdown that last for hours. He hits us in the head, he bites himself, pulls his toes and fingers apart when he gets mad. I was told Friday by the babysitter that if Nicholas' behavior doesn't change, he will not be able to come back. He throws the furniture around. It is like something sets him off. He recently wanted a cup of tea. My mother fixed it for him, he stood in her floor and turned the cup upside down and poured it everywhere. Whe she said something to him, he looked at her like - what? He has this blank look on his face. The doctor in Savannah told us that Nick was not autistic because he smiles. Nicholas doesn't sleep at night, sometimes we wake up and he may have us grabbed up by our hair and he is screaming at the top of his lungs. I have a full time job as a Child Protective Service Investigator and I have 2 other children, I am on the brink of a breakdown. I love Nick and want help for him. Has anyone had these problems?
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Name: Tina Crain | Date: Feb 23rd, 2009 1:49 AM
I think you know already that your child is Autisic. It seems like it may be more than that. My two youngest sons both have autism and the doctor who told you that he did not have it because he smiles-WRONG-my youngest has the sweetest smiles that just melt your heart. He is very loving and yes he has autism. tinacrain18&yahoo.com 

Name: There IS Hope | Date: Jul 14th, 2009 3:58 AM
Hi. I work in a school district, as a special-education paraprofessional. I have been blessed to care for and help many different children of various ages, with a variety of challenges. I recently listened to / watched a woman share her incredible story of raising a son with autism. It touched me deeply. Her son was healed, a few years back, and continues to improve in his schooling. I ordered her book and found so much hope in her experience. Hope that applies to everyone, including families with autism but not limited to only autism. My heart goes out to all. If anyone is interested in the details of the book and the radio / t.v. program, please e-mail me at [email protected] (Since it is my understanding that some things cannot be posted.) With excitement, encouragement, and heart-felt appreciation and compassion to every family touched by especially autism...There IS Hope. 

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