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Some of you know my son is Autistic but very few of you have any clue what that actually means.

None of you (till now) knows that my daughter has Asperger's. Even fewer knows what that means.

I'm 99.5% my wife has Asperger's too and we (she and I) both know she carries the gene associated with Spectrum Disorders.

The purpose of this thread is for us (the parents of SD children) to have a place to talk, discuss, and share.............and a place for all others to read, learn, ask questions, and comment accordingly.

I'll open with a video for shits-n-giggles. This guy is one of my favorite guys in political stuff. He's funny and truthful. This was a very different video from anything he'd ever done but I really liked it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL5GHMEjzt8
 

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my big bro has autism and hes 19 yrs old (im currently 17). i know how it feels to have someone in close family with autism. it has its ups and downs, but i dont think i could wish for a nonautistic brother. god bless
 

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My niece(8) and nephew(12) both have autism. The boy is very low but the girl is very high functioning.
 

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I have a nephew that has Asperger's.
Like you said very few people know about it.
He went through years and years of different doctors and meds before he was actually diagnosed with it and the proper steps were taken.

His whole demeanor, was like day and night!
 

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but i dont think i could wish for a nonautistic brother.
I understand exactly what you mean by this statement.

I've had people, friends, family, co-workers say "I'm sorry" when I tell them my son is Autistic. I ask them why they are sorry? I most certainly am not...........I'm proud!

If my son was not Autistic, I would love him no less but because he is Autistic and he is "the way" or "the many ways" he is, I couldn't possibly love him more!

Props to you and your brother. How's he doing in his early adulthood?
 

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Thanks for posting that, it was very informative for someone who doesn't know anyone with Autism.
It's a nice intro to a vast world of known, unkowns, and uncertainties. :biggrin2:
 

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hes doing alright. hes incredibly routine. get this, his obsession (for lack of a better word?) is casino playing cards. he must have 15 decks. he cycles through them time after time and sorts them into some order. if you were to take one card from the 15 decks he has, he'll know. its an amazing experience living with an autistic sibling
 

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Hey Billy... you guys happen to watch the show Parenthood (NBC)? One of the boys on that show has Aspergers, and they deal with it alot on the show. Very good show that started last year, in it's second season now :)
 

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hes doing alright. hes incredibly routine. get this, his obsession (for lack of a better word?) is casino playing cards. he must have 15 decks. he cycles through them time after time and sorts them into some order. if you were to take one card from the 15 decks he has, he'll know. its an amazing experience living with an autistic sibling
Haha, NEAT!

No person pays as much attention to the smallest detail as an autistic person.
 

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Hey Billy... you guys happen to wath the show Parenthood (NBC)? One of the boys on that show has Aspergers, and they deal with it alot on the show.
Yeah, we watch it...................eeeerrrrr, DVR it and watch it later but yes and indeed!
 

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...I've had people, friends, family, co-workers say "I'm sorry" when I tell them my son is Autistic. I ask them why they are sorry? I most certainly am not...........I'm proud!

If my son was not Autistic, I would love him no less but because he is Autistic and he is "the way" or "the many ways" he is, I couldn't possibly love him more!
Billy, your words are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for enlightening us on Autism, and the pride we as fathers have for our children, no matter what the circumstances.
 

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Billy, your words are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for enlightening us on Autism, and the pride we as fathers have for our children, no matter what the circumstances.
Thank you sir.......................pride, there's something I've swallowed a lot of over the years....................but not because of my son.

Sometimes it's debatable if he needs me or I need him more. I just try to be here for him regardless. I was the first, back then, to cry foul and to say something was wrong with the boy. My conviction led to the initials of him being diagnosed and I had to argue tooth and nail with a many of Dr's during the process. I simply await his next surge of energy........and greatness...........as he slowly becomes the teacher and I the student.
 
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