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What I Want You to Know About My Daughter With Autism
So many of these things sound like things that normal kids sometimes do too. It makes me wonder how she was identified as ASD. Was there any particular thing that stood out? My daughter was a bit delayed in speaking and social interaction, but she two now and is starting to develop both language and social skills rapidly. She still gets quite engrossed in whatever she is doing, though, and she does seem to be quite sensitive... but in a good way. Things affect her strongly, but she is not a difficult child, in general. She is very high energy (hates to go to bed and almost never takes naps), is very attached to me but doesn’t show discomfort being around others, though she does tend to pay by herself more than with or even near other kids. She likes to watch people, though, and she has suddenly become very adroit at parroting and mimicking people. In spite of this, she only recently began clapping, and still rarely waves - skills most kids pick up before 12 months. She loves letters and numbers and will entertain herself with books for hours. Even when she was a young baby, developmental professionals commented her extremely long attention span. At 12 months, she would stay with the same book or activity on her own for 20-30 minutes. She is also very determined to do things for herself and is very particular about where things go. She gets quite angry if we cut her food for her or if we put her toys in the wrong place, for example. But, maybe this is a normal part of a two year old asserting her independence? I’m really not sure. Does any of this sound like ASD? The doctor has mentioned screening for ASD, but I’m not sure if she really meets the criteria. If she does end up with an ASD label, I’m certain she will be in the higher functioning levels. I’m still wondering though, how is ASD differentiated from a very independent but normal personality type?
My daughter has Asperger, so I know where you are coming from. I can remember when she was 8. People did not understand and the doctors wanted to fill her full of meds. I would not let them. They kept telling me the it would be easier on me. They told me that she would never be able to live on her own. She is 31 now, an artist, and has been living on her own for the last 6 years and is doing well. Unlike most woman she age, she is not on drugs, does not smoke or drink boozes and has no children. Next month, she is getting married to a doctor who she has been dating for the last 5 years. So you see, just because you are not like everyone else, does not make you hopeless. Just different.
I also have a type of autism. No one would ever know looking at me, but it's very apparent after talking to me for a few moments. People don't understand 'hidden ' disabilities. Unless you use a cane or something, people just assume that your 'normal '.
I'm a father of a now grown man with autism...the socially inept, quiet type. He nearly completed community college but failed one class and was too embarrassed to go back. You didn't say much about your daughter...I hope she does well and someday lives a happy life. My son just sits with no ambition...27 years old. No autism charity returns my e-mail about him.
My grandson is the pride of me. He has his views about everything and I accept that. This boy is funny, very smart and the most sincere person I have ever known. He will let you know exactly how he feels which is great but sometimes he may be a little too honest. Lol. I love this boy with all my heart and always will. Bless you Josh.
God bless u and ur daughter.
I am the grandparent of an autistic sixteen year old boy. He is an amazing individual, yes he does do things differently than others, but so what? Too bad and too sad for people who cant understand this, as far as I am concerned they are the ones with the problem.
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Your daughter may become a novelist with her imagination and creative writing skills.
This is a big description of what parents without special needs label kids have to go through as well. if parenting is too much work, don't have kids
You sound like a great Mom. With that in mind, be grateful when she says Mommy 12 thousand times a day. My son is 22, has Autism, and has never said "Dad" or spoken a word. I dont need him to speak or say Dad, or I love you, he says it with his eyes when he looks at me 365 24/7. i just wish he could speak for HIM.
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