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  1. Andrea Quintanilla
    December 5, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    Every Monday, I look forward to your posts every Monday! I learn so much, so I can help my grandson. Thank you!!!

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  2. Beth Honji
    December 5, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    Thank you Carrie! Wishing you and your family all the very best this holiday season. Side hug to Jack!

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  3. Glenna Toyne
    December 5, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    I hear you Jack. I know you are all the time trying so hard. Xx

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  4. Karen
    December 5, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    Jack, I hope this Christmas is your best ever.

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  5. John Skogstrom
    December 5, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

    Jack, we love you just the way you are. And we don’t even know you!

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  6. Ilonka Michelle O'Neil
    December 5, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

    Boy, have we been there. Wishing your family many successes this holiday season.

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  7. Marie
    December 5, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

    I wish everyone could read this blog. We could all use reminders to think about things from others’ perspectives, rather than just passing judgement. Thanks for helping us see the other side, in such an eloquent and thoughtful way.

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  8. mfree1852
    December 5, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

    I LOVE THIS. I AM SIXTY-FOUR. I’M NOT “AUTISTIC”, BUT I WAS VERY SAD ONCE FOR A WHILE, AND WHAT I DID ALOT OF THE TIME (FOR AWHILE) WAS BE ANXIOUS. I WAS SHY AS A GIRL, IN BRAIDS. I WAS NOT AN UNHAPPY CHILD. I LOVED HEIDI. I LOVE WHAT JACK WRITES. I WAS CONSIDERED “BI-POLAR” BY SOME DOCTORS FOR AWHILE, THEY GAVE ME PILLS. MY FAMILY THOUGHT MY CHEMICALS IN MY BRAIN WERE A LITTLE MESSED UP. But the chemicals they gave me made me feel worse. Like I was nothing. That was many years ago. I am an artist. And teacher. When i was little, many times over I did not understand the world. wars and things, you know. I would climb up into my tree-house and wonder why. I love music and want to be a singer; I sing in about seven languages. Now I learned I am not crazy. I just went through about 3 Spiritual Emergencies in my life. Once, after my dad died. Many times i have felt like jack. many times. And many times I was(am) very very joyful. I read about Jacob Barnett. They told his mother she could be happy if he ever was able to tie his shoes. His mother believed in him. The last I heard was that he was giving talks. On Autism. And on Quantum Physics, at Universities. My self, my own mind was making my own mind scared. Now I am not scared any more. Now I dance. Now I don’t take any medications. I have a wonderful job. The whole world is multipolar. Yesterday I heard on public radio a great story. About a boy, also. His mother started a group called Autism Sees. Thanks for this article, Carrie and Jack.

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  9. Michelle
    December 6, 2016 @ 4:11 am

    excellent post! I grew up and things got a lot easier for me over time but crowds are still hard, and holidays (even though I love them) still make me anxious. it’s brave of you to keep going and working so hard. I know it isn’t easy.

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  10. Libby
    December 6, 2016 @ 8:49 am

    Oh how I love to read these posts! Thank you Carrie and Jack. My daughter, who is on the spectrum, is in her senior year of high school. She just finished her 4th year of marching band! I don’t think I would have ever imagined her playing an instrument AND marching in a competitive marching show. And yet, I didn’t ever doubt that she couldn’t do it. She is all the time trying. ALWAYS. And as you know, as a mother of a child with autism, we are all the time trying too. I’m amazed that I get to see the world from two different points of view. The neurotypical, suppressed input view and the extra sensory, crazy chaotic scene that is everyday life. It’s a wonder we don’t all pull our hair and pick at our cuticles. (She has these indicators when she’s under stress as well.) She teaches me everyday to find a little quiet amidst the chaos. Enjoy the holidays; the loud music, bright lights, mixes of flavors, lots of people, as well as quiet time with family, the cozy blanket of short winter days and familiar traditions!

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  11. Peter carey
    December 7, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

    My Grandson Nick is 12. He is a little person with autism. I think he would like you.

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  12. Rosina
    December 13, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

    This makes me weep. It’s the story of my son. And of me, the mother who is always watching.

    Would I be allowed to post this on my little blog? (With proper credits, of course.) I want people to understand my son and others with the same tendencies.

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    • Carrie Cariello
      December 13, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

      I would be honored if you shared it, Rosina. Thank you!

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      • Rosina
        December 13, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

        Thank you so much! ❤

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  13. Dineen
    December 25, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

    If that’s one of Jack’s new self-portraits, wow! Tell him, “You have a great composition skill. I really like how the beams of like create diagonals that work with the tilt of your head.”

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