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  • He just stopped talking

    1 posts, 1 voices, 333 views, started Sep 2, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 by Encee

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    • Garnett
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      My son, age 16, lives each day facing the challenges of what could be called “severe” autism, even though he has a number of much higher range skills.  

      Corbin was born beautiful, healthy and had the brightest most beautiful pink complexion I have ever seen on a human being.  I recall the OB commenting on it....that and on Corb’s broad shoulders and rather big feet!  No one would’ve ever dreamed that just a few years later we’d be sitting in the office of a pediatric neurologist wondering why our son simply didn’t talk anymore.  Or, to be more accurate about it, his ability to speak simply hadn’t progressed normally.  

      Over the years we’ve been through many changes, some good others difficult.  Today there is still so much debate over what “to do” regarding education, behavioural therapy, medical treatment.....it can  make a person’s head spin just to read it all much less try to sort it all out and apply it to your child.  But, as parents of an autistic child, that’s just what we all must do.  

      For my part, I decided early on that I needed to take an objective stance and look twice or three times at something before I decided about it.  Along the way there were two things that I knew were not right for my boy.  One was medication and the other was the public school system.  Meds we’ve never tried for Corbin, but the school system we did at least try but without much success.  

      And so I have been hometeaching my son for these past 11 years+ and that too has been a journey of research, invention and a lot of love and patience.  And he’s done well.  He speaks.  He is capable of taking care of himself with reminders and some supervision, but in many ways Corbin is self-sufficient.  He can read and add as well, and is quite creative in his own right.  

      I look forward to reading about other moms and their lives with their special kids.  It makes our world a bit different for sure, and still there is so much joy to be had!  

      Take care everyone!



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