My husband Cj and I celebrated 10 years of being together. Ten years since we first met. We actually have three anniversaries (yep), but this one is the one I regard to be the most important because it was this one that marks the date that life as I knew it would be tipped upside-down.
God, my husband is gorgeous. He is the most incredible father who is ever-present for his tribe of girls. He has this cheeky grin, and he has a great sense of humor and makes me laugh a lot. He’s so bright. He teaches me lots of things. He also is fantastic at pulling me up when I’ve taken something too far, and he’ll often be the first person to roll his eyes and sigh with a comment like, “Why must you always insist on learning things the hard way?” (Because that’s me, baby, a bull in your china shop).
According to the latest statistics, one in every 68 babies born in the USA has autism spectrum disorder (ASD or autism for short). This condition seriously affects communication abilities. Over the last half-century, there have been significant advances in our understanding of this condition. Sometimes only at a later stage in the child’s development does the family discover that their child has autism. Integrating people with slight degrees of autism into normal life is possible. Although there is currently no cure, professional interventions can help alleviate specific symptoms.
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects an individual’s social and communication abilities. The earliest signs manifest in the before 3 years of age and therapeutic treatments are the only possible cure to autism. Early detection is helpful in ensuring that the kind of special attentive care an autistic child requires is duly extended to him. Coping mechanisms need to be evolved by both the minor and the parents. Therefore, as parents, you must be sensitive to your child’s behavioural characteristics – the following signs should alert you the possibility of him having autism.
My name is Carrie Cariello. I am forty-two years old.
I am married to a man named Joe and we have five children.
Twelve years ago, I gave birth to a baby boy with a neurological disorder called autism. It impacts the way he eats, sleeps, talks, and thinks.
He is considered special needs, because his needs are special.
For example, he needs to ask me thirty-six thousand times what the plan for the day is, even if it’s just a regular old Monday and we’ve had the same plan every Monday since the beginning of September.