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  1. shannon
    July 28, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    My son, 8 yrs old, and I sat together and watched the movie “Temple” about the childhood and experience of Temple Grandin (played by Claire Daines). He related to her special talents for design and thinking in pictures and thought it was cool how she was proud of her abilities and how she has made a huge difference in the world by using her abilities and gifts (that are there because of her autism) to make life better for both animals and people. It was great. He totally got that there are difficult things about being different, but also amazing things about being different. As Temple’s mother told her growing up “You are different. Not Less.”


  2. Eden
    July 28, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    My son Caleb has Autism. He is also ten and about to begin 5th grade at a school in Connecticut. We live in MA, on the CT border. He is curious, brilliant, active, anxious and the brightest sparkle of light in our household.


  3. Destinee Jenkins
    July 28, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Hi Jack! My name is Destinee, and I don’t have autism, but I’ll tell you a secret: my amazing younger brother Phillip and my awesome oldest son Kyle both do. Phillip is 23. He just got his very first job! Kyle just turned 4 years old on Saturday, and found out today that he needs glasses. He really likes yours. We all live in Florida, so I don’t think we’re anywhere near you, but maybe you could tell us a little bit about how you handle life with autism? I sure would love to have some advice from you for Kyle when he’s older!


  4. Paul Tocci
    July 28, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    I read your story which was sent to me by Cheryl Snyder- I have a son Vincent who is 14 and has autism — everything you write about your son is a carbon copy of what I feel and see about my son. Vinny recently asked me how many people have autism and I told him “millions of people but you have to remember that you are one of a kind” I remember reading the short story” Welcome to Holland” by Emily Kingsley before my son was born and I think I was meant to read and remember the name because a few years later it would help me understand and tell people what it is like to have a child with special needs. I am a very athletic person and like most fathers looked forward to teaching and playing sports with my son which I can not do– but what I can do is embrace the brilliant mind that my son has, his sense of humor, his kindness and his willingness to love — my job in life is to make sure Vinny can live the best life possible. He is my best friend and I experience highs and lows– Vincent has a pure mind and wants to be loved and accepted like us all –he has a high tolerance for pain and a lot can brush off him but two things Vinny hates are dogs barking and when people do not say hello back and acknowledge him. I too could write a book on my son and could go on and on but — most important is that your son is not alone.


    • Carrie Cariello
      August 3, 2014 @ 8:55 am

      Thank you, Paul, for your heartfelt comment. I may use an excerpt in this week’s post if you don’t mind. Your son Vinny is a lucky guy!


  5. Susan Martin
    July 28, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    My son, Aidan, has Aspergers and my daughter, Mary Kate, also has Aspergers. Mary Kate just turned 25 yesterday. Aidan will turn 15 in August.


  6. Sharon Seng
    July 28, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    A friend’s son Andrew (Drew) has Asperger’s. Drew was our first experience with the spectrum disorder. He is now a mostly self-sufficient adult. He is not completely self sufficient because he believes that he can live off of the money from his father’s estate and doesn’t need to really work – a misconception that he is rapidly coming to terms with. He attended special classes and even special schools. He is a sports addict and can quote Giants and Devils stats to make you crazy! Drew, for as long as I’ve know him, has always been obsessed with Pokemon and a lot of his socialization is around card swaps. His main difficulty is understanding emotions. When his father divorced his mother, and then remarried – he finally started to see true love and affection and it made a difference in the way he interacts with people.

    My ex-boss’s son also has autism. Jake is 12. He is brilliant, and loves science. He’s also quiet but that may be because he has 4 sisters. Jake loves to read, and build things.

    Out of 35 people in my office three other co-workers have children on the spectrum. 4 out of 35. All boys.

    Please tell Jack that everybody has something (see Robin Robert’s book). Mine is breast cancer and thyroid disease – both of which require medication and regular monitoring. My daughters both have allergies and asthma. My husband wears a hearing aid. Everybody has something. Maybe not autism, but something. Knowing this won’t satisfy Jack’s need to keep his “secret” but it might help him accept it.

    I have two grandsons – a toddler and a newborn. I love your blog and wait for your posts, and not just because you write about autism, but because you have 5 kids, and are handling what life throws at you with humor and grace. Please keep doing what you do.


  7. Andrea
    July 28, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    My son Isaac has autism and ADHD. He loves Legos, Minecraft, and cooking. 🙂


  8. Ann Kilter
    July 28, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

    My son Will has autism and he felt the same way you do about autism when he was 11. People knew and they helped him. So he graduated from high school and then college. Now he is 26, he has his own apartment, and works for the biggest computer company in the world. He also has two cats. One is named Ninja. She is a very large black angora. His other cat is named Grant. Grant has a heart condition and Will hides his medicine in smelly soft catfood. Will is good at remembering this because loves Grant. Will is ordinary in a lot of ways.


  9. Kemrie Harden
    July 28, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    My little guy Jasper is 5 years old & has autism. He is not very verbal, but works very hard at his ABA center 40 hours a week. He us sweet, beautiful, loves movies, lately obsessed with our dog & loves being outside & jumping on the trampoline. Today we discovered he has his first loose tooth, so of course I’m freaking out about how he will handle that, and just a little heartbroken that my little boy is growing up!


  10. slchandonnet
    July 29, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    Hi Jack, I have lots of friends who are autistic. I like the things that make them different because no one is perfect. You know what’s special about having friends with autism? They actually listen to you when you talk. They remember things that are important to you and remind you of them so that you don’t forget the little things. I have learned to listen more and pay attention to details because of someone just like you. I guess in many way I am inspired to be a better person because of it. I could even say I’m a little autistic too and that’s a GREAT thing!


  11. mariekeates
    July 30, 2014 @ 6:20 am

    My boss has a son called Kallum who is ten and has autism. They live in Southampton, England. Kallum is a very special boy and his mum loves him very much.


  12. Cynthia
    January 23, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    My son Logan has autism. He is 11. He loves to play minecraft and angry birds. He loves to create movies and has his own youtube channel.


  13. thewildeman2
    January 23, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    Hello Jack. I’m DJ Wilde and I have autism as does my 12 year old son, Denver. I am a published author and artist. I make super heroes. You are welcome to see them on my Facebook page called Galaxy Zento. But I want you to know something, Jack. Autism does not have to stop you from doing wonderful things in your life. For that matter, sometimes, autism is a super power. It lets you see sides of life that normal people cannot see. Wednesday is orange and it is your special gift to see that. One of the things I do, is help people understand autism. Perhaps, one day, you can do that too. Perhaps you will do something even more special. If your Mom would like help in sources to explain autism to you, she may contact me. Be blessed and well, Jack. You are an awesome person.


  14. Tr Kelley
    January 23, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    I like what Thewildeman2 said – autism is a superpower – allowing us to do things “regular” people never will be able to do. My name is TR Kelley, I’m an old kid of 53 and i am autistic. I have perfect pitch and music superpowers! Though I’m not super famous, I have been in a lot of bands as a bass player made records, played large festivals and been on the radio. My music is on iTunes! I need help in everyday life though, because sometimes superpowers means some of the oddest regular powers are taken away. I am very disorganized and sometimes forget to eat or shower if i am busy on a project. I like trains, science, living out in the woods and taking care of cats and chickens. I’m really nervous when things change and my routines are broken. I have a memory like yours too Jack! Being an autistic person has never been easy, but that’s the journey for everyone. Everyone has challenges. Sometimes “regular” people are disabled by being social. They may go along with the crowd even when they know something is wrong because they are not able to think alone, the herd urge is that strong. Crippling even. Knowing you’re made this way for a reason (we can do things other people CAN’T!) will let you learn your superpowers and how to use them for good, and to learn how to interact with other people who are not part of Planet Autism. We don’t have to be like them, but we should learn to speak their language and customs when we necessary. Have a good journey!


  15. Ann Alston
    January 24, 2015 @ 3:46 am

    my son Damian is 8 years old with autism and he seems to not care about anyone around him. Don’t get me wrong he loves us but when I ask if he has any friends he would like to invite over he says no, but when I am at school with him he seems like the most popular kid in his class. But he knows why he has to take medicine (so he doesn’t turn the classroom upside down in a bad way anymore. And he is fine with his way of thinking. Even seems realistic when it comes to growing up since he says that other autistic kids work at Walmart he says he can work there too and he will think about college when he gets older


  16. karen
    January 24, 2015 @ 5:26 am

    HI I’m Karen…my amazing son, Ty, has autism. We live in Shanghai, China, but we are from the US. Ty doesn’t know he has autism yet…he doesn’t seem to wonder why he has an assistant, but no one else in the class does. I’ve just started wondering if we should talk to him about it, but I don’t know if he’s ready. He’s so smart. He’s often funny. He’s a bit obsessive (about omnidroids and now ninjago) and his immediate response to most things is “no” I love him to the moon and back…and there and back and again…


  17. jeanette deckert
    January 26, 2015 @ 11:05 am

    Hi Jack, my beautiful daughter has autism, she is 11 years old, in 6th grade. We live in a very small community in Canada. Kendal goes to a small school, about 70% of the student body has some degree of autism.


  18. ~simply~
    February 16, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Hello, Jack! 🙂 Our son is 12 years old and has autism as well. He is lots of fun and is full of laughs and surprises! ♥◠‿◠)ღ˛ We live in Austin, Texas and are definitely keeping it weird (that’s their slogan anyway)! 😛 May you feel God’s Love for you every day of your life and may He bless you and your family in abundance! †


  19. Bianca Santaro
    February 17, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

    Hello Jack!

    My two sons, Nathan, (7) and Isaac (5) have autism too! Nathan loves cars, video games, (especially Minecraft and Super Mario 3D), and sweets! Isaac is a scrappy little guy who loves Baymax, Lightening McQueen, and Disney Infinity. Oh, and karate chops. He’s very fond of doing karate chops. 😉


  20. Elderberry Arts
    April 3, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

    Hello Jack. I also have a son called Jack and he has autism. He wears glasses as well. He loves Pokemon, Spongebob and Kirby. He likes Lego but doesn’t play with his models, just likes me to build them. He loves to watch YouTube gaming videos and play his 2DS. My older son Andrew has Aspergers and he is 18. He loves music and likes to sing and play computer games.

    I have Aspergers as well but I didn’t know until I was grown up and had my own children. Autism can be a pain sometimes but I also think it has lots of good points. It helps me too be good at my job as it is full of facts and information and it makes me want to learn new things.


  21. FlutistPride
    September 11, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    Jack, you are not alone. Someone is on your side; no one is alone. I am autistic and I like quotes, song lyrics, Minecraft, reading about the four (or five) temperaments and I have my own blog. I also play the flute. Remember to voice your concerns (easier said than done) and tell yourself that you can do this. My YouTube channel is FlutistPride if you want to see me play the flute. (The videos from three years ago are not a reflection of my current skill as they are from when I just started.) Make sure that you have breaks from earning things. The phrase “You earned it” might be trite and even a slap to the face for the unknown effort you put into things.


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