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Name: tattyteddy
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I am a Mother of three kids. My eldest is 8, my second is 7 and Autistic and I have a 19 month old daughter. I am finding school holidays really hard to cope with. My husband is wonderful with the kids, but is at work all day. I find it impossible to take the 3 of them out as my autistic son will run away given any chance. I have no respite. How do other people cope with school holidays.??? I have a month of holidays to go.
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Name: ponymom4 | Date: Jan 7th, 2010 3:43 PM
I know how you feel. I have three kids. My twins are almost 6 and were diagnosed with ASD in 07. My youngest is diagnosis free. So the holidays are toughin my house too. Our break was closer to 3 weeks this year since all the kids got sick right before break. My husband works too so its tough when he doesnt quite get it. Im pregnant with our 4th so im trying to "lay down the law" in preparations for a new born. Ive started giving my kids more freedom and for the most part its helped. I started slow, like letting one walk next to me in the store while the other two were in the cart. I'd use their toys as leverage or going to the gym as leverage in getting them to behave. The worst few days of our break was when i thought it would be a great idea to make gingerbread houses...they ate them in less than a day and it was pure insanity. so we limit sugar. that helps with my sanity. I think the best adivce i can give is follow through on your threats. i try to treat them all as "normal" so they will be able to function normally in society. I cant always be there to make sure it goes okay. I dont worry about other people in the store, i know my kids, other people dont. Its none of their business and its not like ASD kids have their disorders tattooed on their foreheads. I say try giving your son limited boundaries and extend them when hes good so he learns there are consequinces. he;ll pick up on it little by little. Good luck and realize you're not the only one. 

Name: julieboyd30 | Date: Jan 11th, 2010 12:09 AM
hi im julie boyd i have 4 kids 2 girls 3 and 9 and 2 boys 2 and 8. MY we boy chandler he is 8 he has adhd ortism sperger syndrome he is alot of work hes really messy he brakes everything urinates on his floor fesies on the wall he is just so much hard work love him to pieces tho im married my hubby is in the army hes a brilliant dad well nice talking to u i hope u get blk to me as i wld like to knw wot to do x 

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