1. Sabra Ramos
    October 24, 2022 @ 8:59 am

    Beautifully put. Our quest started at 4 years old and we arrived at Autism at nearly 8 years old. Now at 11 the journey is turning and moving and on we go… Next year middle school…


  2. Kathleen Janessa
    October 24, 2022 @ 1:04 pm

    Carrie, your words are amazing. Descriptive, heartfelt, funny, sad and everything in between. Your son Jack has come so far and yet the worry is always there. How wonderful he is succeeding in his college program and has a friend. God bless.


  3. dina1027
    October 24, 2022 @ 4:12 pm

    My son, my sun. I choked up reading that. Beautiful photo taken by his friend Ben, yay Ben. My autism son turns 17 on Thursday. I am one step behind you on this journey and can so relate to your fears and joys.


  4. Teri
    October 25, 2022 @ 11:08 am

    I am 12 years ahead of your journey raising a son with autism. The diagnosis day was a little
    different than yours. At 3 1/2 I took him in for a well check. He was swinging /twirling his socks in front of his face. At the end of the appt the doctor kind of blurted out PDD (pervasive developmental diagnosis), but then said that his speech was on track. Three weeks later I brought my son into the doctor because I thought he had hearing problems. I would ask him something and he wouldn’t answer me. So again, my son Andrew was swinging his socks in his face. We were scheduled for a hearing test and also referred to a a neurologist. We had paperwork to fill out also.
    We were relieved to know. Then we went to work getting Andrew the services he needed. At 3 1/2 he left on a little yellow bus at 7:30AM five days a week. He had a speech therapist named Alyce for a teacher and traveled 3 cities away. The break was a huge relief for me as I was exhausted from the tantrums and poopy underpants.
    Now he is living on his own. We are waiting for him to find a full time job. It’s been a journey. The hardest part is his lack of communication with us. He goes “dark.” He doesn’t answer his phone or emails.
    But mostly, he is a loving super smart and devoted son whom we adore. He will be 30 next month.


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