1. Sara
    August 3, 2020 @ 2:01 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to read this yet but I can tell from the title it’s going to be good. Xox


  2. cbspira
    August 3, 2020 @ 2:53 pm

    I teared up at his commentary (the last line).

    I watched a news show several years ago where parents of special needs kids who were physically dependant and severely delayedwere being called to task for giving the kids meds that would delay puberty and slow their growth.

    The parents’ perspective was that the child’s condition was so limiting that this was the best way they could do whatever was in their power to take care of their child for as long as feasibly possible before needing to rely on more professional care to handle the weight and needs of an infant in an adult body. The argument was compelling…

    With a kid with HFA, it’s a very different situation. It’s like they will remain the perpetual younger sibling who can never attain that which his older sibling can get. And it’s all the more heartbreaking when an even younger sibling can attain the forever-out-of-reach dreams (car, college, marriage, parenthood, etc)


  3. terismyth
    August 3, 2020 @ 5:04 pm

    Great blog. For us, we still don’t quite understand our son. Even at 27, we don’t know how he thinks or how things affect him directly. He is taking this Covid thing seriously and not going anywhere. He’s afraid to get a job and be exposed to people. I get it, I’m afraid too.
    Mostly, he stays to himself and doesn’t communicate well. Doesn’t return his texts or calls. It’s hard cause we worry about him.

    I’m sure he is okay, but this is how we deal with Autism.


  4. Janet Anderson ( grandmother)
    August 4, 2020 @ 10:26 am

    I hope, I pray one day we will be able to understand all the answers to the questions we ask ourselves each and everyday living with autism. God bless the parents and the children who are taking the steps one day at a time year after year.Love you all.


  5. Maureen
    August 4, 2020 @ 2:20 pm

    My son is almost 12 yrs and not showing physical signs of puberty just yet (thank goodness) even though his feet are beginning to look more like flippers by the size of them compared to his body. He’s starting to get mood swings and a bit more defiant (he’s normally a pretty happy kiddo unless of course plans are changed or lunch is not served at noon (like Jack :-)). I often wonder? Is this Autism?, Anxiety?, or the start of Puberty?
    Thank you for sharing. You have a wonderful way of describing life in general and especially life with your Jack – I can so relate.
    Look forward to your blog each week and your essays on Finding Cooper’s Voice : )



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