I am the single mom of an energetic 3 year old who was just diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. I love him beyond measure but I am struggling with this diagnosis. I am honestly devastated and in denial. I spend most of my days being mad at God, then mad at every mom who has a child without a disability, then mad at myself for my bad decisions that led to me being a single mom and finally mad at myself for not knowing how to deal with this. He is also struggling with potty training.
My son is verbal and very bright but lacks the ability to produce spontaneous conversation and doesn't fully understand what is being asked of him (slow processing). He is very emotionally engaging, affectionate, and playful. He doesn't mind being around other kids but he is not interested in playing cooperatively, sharing or communicating with them.
I keep searching for help on the internet but always find what I think are discouraging stories about 7 - 10 year old children who are not yet potty training and an abundance of behavioral issues. I know that these stories are true and that I need to face that fact that my child may have many of these issues... but I don't know how to do that right now.
Where can I find some positive support for parents of High Functioning Autistic children? I called the Illinois Society for Autism but they were mildly helpful. I would really like book or blog recommendations. I guess an encouraging word would help as well.
Hello. You were the 1st to respond to my discussion a long time ago so I wanted to say thank you! I apologize that it has taken so long for me to respond but i've had computer trouble for some time.
I really appreciate you comforting words and you kindness to respond so quickly. My son is doing well and I am coping pretty well too. I just wanted to acknowledge receipt of your message and to say... THANKYOU!!!View Thread