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2/26/18 12:14 P

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Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have a son that is 17 years old that has MR and Autism, plus a little bit of OCD on the side. He was born 2 weeks prematurely we did not know that he had any of this until he was 2 years old. At first he was diagnosed with PDD. We also have 3 other boys not on the spectrum, But my oldest has ADD and my youngest son just has mild behavioral issues. I am divorced from my kids father, but I do have a finance that I have been with for 6 years that treats all my children as his own. I am looking forward to seeing how other mothers handle this as I am in a part of Iowa that there are not many groups for this and have been struggling to try and find things or methods to help all my children get through and grow as individuals.

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Hello everyone! I am from WA state and I am a 41-year-old mom to an amazing 8-year-old boy with Aspergers. I homeschool him now, but he started out in public school at age 3. He was born 4 months prematurely after having had 6 miscarriages. He is my everything. And he needs me around for as long as possible. That means I have some changes to make with my health. I need to lose this extra weight and exercise more.

He and I are so incredibly alike. I have never been evaluated but have known since I was a teenager that socializing in person is complicated and very difficult for me compared to my peers. My husband has often asked me if I recognize that I might be on the spectrum. Admittedly I have wondered. For at least for decades, but never considered it "for real" until he and others have asked me.

I come off as quite bubbly and talkative. It appears I enjoy socializing, but truthfully I am a very nervous talker. I am constantly aware of my overwhelming social anxiety and always feel out of sync and uncomfortable in public. I babble to break the silence because I want people to see that I want to be social. (Deep down though, I am actually an anxious mess and am having a tremendously difficult time relaxing.)

I am most comfortable in my home, but I make it a point to leave the house and go into public at least 5 days a week and to converse with people in my community. I need to show my son it can be done, and that the initial discomfort does subside and make way for opportunities to have a good time, and even meet new interesting people.

My anxieties (not just my social anxiety) are my triggers for eating. I am acutely aware that I am triggered by my anxieties and feel a need to eat to drown it out. Somewhere along the way, my mind figured out that feeling "stuffed" actually drowns out any other feeling I may have. I overeat to avoid feelings of anxiety. I want desperately to end this cycle and lose the weight I've packed on, but I also know I am going to be digging through some emotional memories to find the source of this "coping" mechanism. I'm ready though and excited to learn more about myself.

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7/23/17 9:22 P

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I am a mom to a 7yr old boy with ADHD and on the autism spectrum. He is high functioning, but waiting on a waitlist for the nearest clinic we can attend. We have been on the waitlist for almost a year! I also have a 4 year old who is delayed in speech and I am noticing signs of at least ADHD in him...I don't know if it is just my mind or if it is really there! We are so lost as far as what therapies are needed and where to go for support and services. Any help or advice is appreciated and I hope I can help someone else along the way!

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My name is Jennifer and I have a four-year old with Autism/SPD and a six-year old with ADHD/SPD/Apraxia. They are the youngest of seven kids, three in college. My life over the last two years has been completely overhauled and I am looking for support. I just feel like for the first time in my life I don't know how to fix things.

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12/4/16 8:11 P

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Howdy!
I'm a homeschooling mama to 3 kiddos. My oldest has SPD, ODD, ADHD - he's 10. My new year's resolution a few years ago was to focus more on my health and I'm keeping that going by simply not giving up... even though I fail regularly to actually lose weight! I'm trying. Maybe this time back on the wagon is my time to shine skinny shine. It could happen!
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I'm a homeschooling mom to a teen boy with ASD (w/symptoms of OCD, Tourettes, ADHD, CAPD) . Puberty isn't my favorite emoticon
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10/24/16 1:52 P

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Hi, have 2 children on the spectrum, and also on the spectrum myself, learning to deal with it all, and needing to make healthy changes so that I can there for them long term. I have learn to adapt with most of it, autism was not recognized back in the day, even my 20yr old had misdiagnoses before they figured out what was going on, and he is currently against being healthy (he also has bi-polar). Hoping to find advice and inventive ways to help these beautiful boys of mine to live long, healthy, productive lives. While remembering that there is nothing wrong, just a different operating system; most people run on Windows, we use Linux.



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4/21/16 4:45 P

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Hi! I'm a 46 year old mother of an Aspie girl (15) and NT boy (12). I joined Sparkpeople 10 years ago, but have just recently come back as I have 45 pounds to lose. I look forward to talking to others about weight loss struggles and Aspie teen girl troubles :).

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3/15/16 12:24 P

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Hi! My name is Candy and I am a 36 yr old, Christian wife and mom of two boys. Our oldest son is 14 and he has ADHD. Our youngest son is 10 and he has ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability. My husband and I have been happily married for fourteen wonderful years. We live in a small country town in North Carolina.

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2/3/16 11:07 P

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Hello. My name is Vanessa and I am the mother of 2 little boys. I have been married for almost 10 years. Both of my boys have Aspergers. The oldest has ODD, ADHD, BP,and schizophrenia as well. The youngest has ADD as well Aspergers. Most days are a challenge in our home, but we make the most of it.

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2/3/16 3:43 P

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Hi I'm a parent of a teenager with PDD.nos. She has multiple and complex issues, including sensory and pragmatic language difficulties. My daughter is isolated and depressed. Somehow through tears, violence, denial and begging she has just gone to school for the start of the school year. At 09:30 in the morning I am already completely emotionally and physically drained.

I may have another child with Aspergers but no diagnosis. I'm pretty sure that my husband has some sort of undiagnosed autistic issues. This makes being flexible enough to live with other autistic people difficult. And the same behaviours repeat themselves.

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1/14/16 12:34 P

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Hello everyone! I am Cathie, 36, and I'm from the Rochester, NY area. I have SPD (as well as a few other issues including cholinergic urticaria, allergies, and chronic pain problems), am married and I'm pretty sure my husband has SPD, and we have 3 daughters...all of which have sensory issues (likely SPD) as well. My middle daughter we believe also has Auditory Processing Disorder, and my oldest (and maybe youngest) probably have ADHD along with their disorder. Fun stuff! :) My kids are 5, 11, and almost 13 (Feb 13 she will be). Like many moms of SPD kids, or moms in general, I've usually ignored myself. It doesn't help that I'm an avoider. I prefer to stay home away from others, and though I do have amazing friends, I often find myself just not wanting to go do anything...so I have to force myself to get out of the house. I need to lose around 75 lbs total, but am taking it in small 5 lb chunks...because nothing is less inspiring than seeing you have 75 lbs left to lose.

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Hey i am Jeanine and i just turned 30 this year and had my second baby. My 6 year old son has Autism, ocd, adhd and tourettes. They day we got our diagnoses was same day we found out we were pregnant with baby number two. We also made a big move to a bigger city to get son better services. We are finally at a really good olace with him and he loves his baby brother they are truley meant to be for each other. Now that my son is doing well i neglected myself over the years and it is time for self care.

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Hi everyone! I am just signed up for SparPeople today and am having a blast exploring all the website has to offer.

I have a 6 year-old son with Aspergers and a just-turned 5 year-old daughter whom our doctor suspects is also on the Spectrum (we have not begun any sort of diagnosis yet). We live in Idaho, and because of the state's poorly funded school system, I also homeschool our children. Some days life is challenging, but most days I am completely captivated by the way their amazing minds work.

I cannot wait to get to know you all better.

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Hi! My name is Kathy, and I am from Missouri. I have a 10 year old son who has Aspergers and ADHD. Hello to everyone! :)

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I'm Candy and I am a Christian wife and mom of two boys, ages 13 and 10. My husband and I have been happily married for fourteen wonderful years. Our 13 yr old has ADHD and our 10 year old has ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Intelligence Disability. We live in a small country town in North Carolina. I am hoping to make some new friends.

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I am Nina and I have a 21 year old son who was diagnosed with ASD last year at the age of 20. He has been diagnosed with everything since he was 5. We've gone from ADD to ADHD to CD to OHI. Getting him through school was difficult at best. We got him in with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation right after high school and he got a part time job through them which he has had for 2.5 years now. They have him work for 4 hours a day and won't give him any more hours and won't increase his pay.

He has never missed a day of work, but I don't know what is going on there as DVR considered him a success after he was at this job for 6 months. We just started with DVR again hoping to find another part time job or a full time job. This time his job coach is with a treatment center for people on the Spectrum. I keep debating whether I should get him into Behavior therapy but I don't know if insurance will pay for it with someone his age. He does go to group every other Wednesday for adults on the Spectrum and he seems to be making some friends. He has no social life. He still has his temper, but they aren't meltdowns like when he was young. Now, he has an adult temper. I could go on and on.

I am so glad I found a team of people in the same boat that I am in.

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Hello! My name is Nichole and I'm a 31 year old mother of 3 awesome kiddos. My middle child Tony has aspergers. We have been working on things for 9 years now. And though he's a straight A student we still have hard times at home. He just started his first year of Jr high and is being teased pretty bad already... Just another hurdle I guess... I would love some support and advice. I don't have much in my life. We have no family and few friends who understand. I'm so glad to see a group like this on Spark!

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Hi I am Sandy a mom to 7 kids ages from 23 to 6, My son Karlton who is 14 was just diagnose with aspergers. He is very high functioning”, He also has bipolar and apraxia . Since becoming a teen he thinks he the boss and has to know everything. He doesn't like when we break his routine or when people stuff his things. He can be very smart and love to help when he can. I am glad I found this group cause I don't know any about aspergers expect what 'i read online. Since he became a teen he been a handful lately. He loves to challenge us at all times. I came to you for some advice and info. I do hope you can help me understand more about the aspergers.I look forward to meeting all of you...

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Hi! My name is Abi. I have two biological kids and three of my six step(ish) kids live with us full time. My bio son finally received his diagnoses of HF ASD/ADHD on January 29 of this year. He received his official anxiety and SPD diagnoses on April 15th. I highly suspect my almost 13 year old daughter is also an aspie. She exhibits MANY of the characteristics.

I am 37 years old and have a crapton of weight to lose.

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Hi

I was diagnosed in my late 50's. You can look up my bio and other posts on this forum for more info on me. You can also check out my page if you like.

What's next? Well therapy of course. It costs but there are many therapists that can help you. You just have to find the right ones. It may be covered by insurance or may not. I don't know what state you live in, but in Florida there is CARD. The center for Autism and related disabilities. You can look it up to use it as an example of what to look for in an organization that helps adults and children on the spectrum. You also may benefit by seeing a psychiatrist that can stabilize your mood, your neuro-chemistry in light of being on the spectrum. I would look at professional organizations that are involved in research and helping people that are on the spectrum. You may find out you are not all that different than some children on the spectrum and take it from there.

Message me any time :)

And good luck! :)

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5/16/15 9:02 A

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I'm 49 and have just been diagnosed with Aspergers. Because I already had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (at 19), anxiety, and PTSD, no one considered there were autism issues. Instead, some tried to tell me I was bipolar type 2 or had borderline personality disorder (at the intake). It wasn't until a friend's wife told me my friend had Aspergers and that her friends had issues with his behavior that I wondered if it applied to me. I'd always found my friend totally normal. Yeah, he didn't talk much but what man does?

So, I just had the 1st part of my evaluation done and I'm right. I'm not sure if people will understand how relieved I am. I feel like this diagnosis says that I'm not a terrible, mean, condescending person. I really don't hear the tone in my voice. I think I'm being polite. I didn't mean to ignore someone when I was watching tv or reading; I didn't hear them. I thought I was saying the right thing. I didn't pick up on those emotional or facial cues. All the things I've been criticized about for so long weren't character defects that I should have been able to oercome. I wasn't being like that on purpose.

I have 1 more session for the evaluation. But I'm wondering, what comes next?

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1/15/15 2:50 P

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Welcome Shaza emoticon

For some reason this forum is a quiet one, but you can message me or post any time. I will answer.

My disclaimer, Lol:
I may be much older than many members on this forum, but I'm no different than any other mom and grandmother with a family. My memory of my childhood and younger adulthood is vivid. I'm a friendly and sensitive woman who enjoys talking with any age person. Sometimes my friends call me ageless, because no one can figure out what age I'm acting like. Lol. All kidding aside just because I'm one of the older ones doesn't mean we can't connect.

About my family and I:
I am a mom of a 30 year old with Asperger's, ADHD and Bipolar. I also have a 36 year old daughter who has sub-clinical Autism and ADD, My 12 year old grandson has very high functioning Autism. I was diagnosed on the spectrum five years ago. My son is a loving, fun and charismatic man. He is getting married next year to his sweetheart of five years. I can't wait! :) His fiancee is so wonderful. He has been blessed. He works as a storm window and door installer and carpenter. He is also very skilled at computer networking and builds computers for a hobby. My daughter will be graduating college with honors in Psychology this year. I am very proud! She will be applying for a Psych Phd. program in Social Psychology in the fall. Her goal is to work in research. She is the mom of my grandson. She is a sweet woman who has struggled with being impulsive and mildly socially awkward her whole life. The last five years have been the best. She has blossomed tremendously. My grandson is a fun and sensitive boy and loves mathematics. For the past seven years he's talked about working in the criminal justice field with computers and mathematics. He may go into something like investigative work such as computer hacking. Only, time will tell. He attends a magnet school specializing in advanced science, mathematics and technology. He's very good at Kung Fu and he's also on the swim team. His dream is to compete in the 2020 Olympics. He just qualified for the Junior Olympics for the Spring and is very excited. about it. Needless to say I'm so very happy and proud for him. Things aren't all peachy keen.. Both my son and grandson are working on their organizational skills. It doesn't come naturally for either of them. Myself, well I've been working on being a better person all my life. I've come a long way, baby. Lol. Therapy was my mainstay on and off most of my life.I suffered from depression since childhood was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 15 years old. It wasn't till I was in my thirties that I became serious about getting help. I had a hard time focusing at work and had social/communication problems that puzzled me. I blossomed in my thirties and from there on it was slowly, but surely up hill. It wasn't until the 1990's that effective drugs became available. I took advantage of that and was put on a regime that helped me to learn, retain what I learned and change for the better. My son has been on medicine since he was six years old. He had a problem with meltdowns and being aggressive at age two. By eleven it finally resolved, but not without a great deal of help from both me and the school. He was only diagnosed with Asperger's at 18 years old. This answered a lot of questions we had about his social delay. Fortunately, in his late twenties he caught up fairly well..There will always be things to work on for all of us. That is the nature of the beast. Even though life has been fraught with problems, we are a happy family. We enjoy and love life to the fullest.

My forum contribution:
There is one thing I can do to help members in this forum and that is educational advocacy. I have worked in the public schools quite a bit . I have helped my family and friends and other families with IEP's and Section 504's. I have studied educational law and school advocacy and have attended many, many school meetings. If you have a question about school problems, testing or IEP meetings and the like, feel free to ask me. I may be able to help you with advise, resources and support. Advocacy work is very fulfilling and I love to help others.

Things I do:
I'm also in the process of writing a picture book for children and adults with an without Autism. My favorite hobbies are beading, drawing, sewing and reading.

An invitation:
I invite you to visit my page. Isn't it great SparkPeople has this feature? If you think of something I can improve on on my page feel free to tell me. I want to learn more about page presentation and blogging.

Thanks for reading my very long post :)

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Hi,

I am a 34 year old mother of 2 boys (aged 12 and 10) the youngest being Autistic :) My husband works away during the week, and I have a full time job (so hands totally full).
I have being trying to find time to lose weight but it is not always easy, thankfully my little one loves being outside, so fresh air and some walking is possible, dependent on his mood.

Healthy eating is something we are working on, and so far it is going fairly well but still making 2 different types of meals a couple times a weeks.

We are a happy and energetic family, and I am sure this time I will succeed.

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Hello All!

I am a 41 year old mother of two beautiful daughters, 14 and 9. My oldest daughter has Aspergers and bilateral cochlear implants for profound deafness. Her socialization and communication issues are a constant struggle. My younger daughter is a social butterfly, so she helps to bring her out of her shell a bit.

Any time we brought up concerns about her behaviour we were told that it was "deaf behaviour". Finally, after years of hearing this, we took it upon ourselves to have her diagnosed. Having an explanation and a diagnosis really helps a lot when trying to find support for her.

Looking forward to being a part of this team!

Dawn

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Miamirn,
First hoped I spelled that right. Your story is an inspiration ADHD and Bipolar run in my husbands family. Thank God hes not bipolar not sure I could deal with 2. They both are ADHD though. My daughter Ally is 16 and sometimes I wonder if its the teenager or her other issues.
Thanks and welcome to the team.
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I am a 64 year old mom, grandma and Red Cross swim instructor who feels more like 40 yrs old and not eligible for AARP. LOL. I found Sparkpeople from a book/reading site that I belong to. They have lots of forums and one of them is a gaming forum for weight loss. Someone introduced me to MyFitnessPal, but it just didn't do much for me. Now, SparkPeople is something different. I immediately was inspired by the format. That was the beginning for me. I dabbled around for about a year until around six months ago when I got really serious about my health. Initially it was because of my A1C. It was an alarming 5.6. My doc said I was borderline diabetic and I freaked. It took me a while to get out of denial, but I finally did it. Today my A1C is 5.2 and i'm so happy! On on my way to a healthy me. Presently, I belong to SparkPeople's Summer 5% Weight Loss Challenge. It's an 8 week challenge and I think I can do it. We are going on week 3 and I've already lost 2.5% of my weight. The forum is fun. We race to virtual geographic places. We are on teams, competing with each other to get to our destinations. It's so fun! Lol Getting back my book hobby, I'm an avid book collector and reader of mostly non-fiction and dystopian apocalyptic science fiction. not for the faint hearted. Lol. I am also a dedicated phone photographer. I do it for fun. I started with iphonography and now am learning android. It's an art, believe you me.

Let me tell you something about Autism that runs in my family. My adult son has Asperger's. He was diagnosed at age 5 yrs.with ADHD and Bipolar. At 18 yrs old he was diagnosed with Asperger's and they weren't so sure he ever had Bipolar. He's come a long way, thank goodness and is doing great. He is a dedicated and talented carpenter, he builds computer's and does computer networking for fun. He has always been charismatic and charming and usually happy, but in his own world without regard for others and had an explosive temper. Today he has to be reminded of other's feelings, but hardly ever.. His temper slowly went away by the time he was 11 yrs with the aid of behavior management and art I taught him. Back then therapies didn't even exist for children with "mental illness". Thank goodness. Between school , doctors and homelife he turned out to be a wonderful, creative and industrious person. Next year he will marry to his sweetheart of 5 years. As you might expect, I am very excited for him. I am so incredibly proud of him. My grandson also is on the spectrum. Upon evaluation the therapist said he would have been diagnosed with Asperger's were it not for his pragmatic language problems. He was diagnosed at 5 yrs.although I knew it by the time he was 2 yrs. It was obvious to me. I had been working with patients with Autism for years and already had a child with it. My daughter on the other hand had difficulty accepting it. She was in denial until she no longer could turn away from the reality of it. But all the while I worked with my grandson, especially with perceptual problems and language skills. I remained the his main educator until his mom gradually was integrated into his life in the way I always had hoped. It was a long haul for her, but she made it. In the meantime my grandson had little therapy due to it being very expensive.. Insurance would only pay for 4 months and then refused further payment. I learned a lot from the therapists and continued the therapy on my own. Every day I would relay what we had done so she could learn for herself. The problem with language was severe with my grandson.. My At age 4 he could speak 3 word sentences and had difficulty with social skills. I think he felt like an alien from a different planet. Despite this he has always attended normal classrooms in schools for neurotypical or normal children. I have always liked it that way. I have always wanted him to have good role models. Even though he knew he was different, he has learned the normal ways of the world exceedingly well. In a few days he will be 12 yrs old, already! Last year was his first year in middle school. He got on the honor list.It is a magnet school for advanced studies for mathematics, science, and technology. He is on the swim team and has competed in the Junior Olympics for swimming. He also has a black belt in Kung Fu. In his spare time he loves cartoons, You Tube and playing games. Of course with supervision. And most of all he has solid long term friendships. He's a beautiful child. His disposition is gentle and kind. He has a strong character with good morals.I am so very proud of him and his progress. And now I will tell you why I think Autism runs in my family, I was diagnosed on the spectrum 5 years ago. No wonder it took me a lifetime to become well versed in social skills. I had such a hard time holding down jobs that demanded teamwork. I went on my own as a subcontractor 25 years ago in pediatric nursing as the result of my socially awkward manner.I needed to survive in this strange land, so I thought. I spend many years in therapy wondering what in the world was different about me. At last,at age 50, I blossomed into the person I always wanted to be. Now it's time to regain my healthy lifestyle that I left behind 12 years ago. It's my prayer, my hope and my goal that I lose weight, become athletic and stay healthy for a very long time. I'll tell you a secret. SHhh, don't tell, please. Lol.

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If you're wondering why I have revealed so much of my life I'll tell you why.My story is a story about life's work, strength and hope. I want you all to know, even though everyone is different in their own right, we all have potential. If we work at it and don't ever give up. I know you can reap the benefits of your hard work with your children and yourselves. I hope you have gotten something from my story. I can only hope that you remember it when you feel guilty or ashamed or demoralized. No one ever needs to keep these feelings. They may be real, but they are not rational. Remember, your children can heal. Be patient and take good care of yourself. Work hard and never give up. Don't let anyone tell you it's not possible.

I invite you to visit my page. If you ever want to message me, please do. We can share war stories and I might be able to give you an idea or two. If nothing else, do message me just to say hello. I like new friends and could use the support as well. in my life travels and with my lifestyle change.

Prayers and good luck to you all!
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Love life! Never, never give up! Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense-Winston Churchill. When you have a lemon, make lemonade!


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Happy Saturday everyone.
I am Chelly, 32, married 12 years to my Active Duty Air Force husband. There used to be 4 kids in the house, but the oldest just graduated and is working on making his way off to college this fall. The kids are his three (19, 17, and 15) and our ASD kiddo (10, turning 11 this August). I have raised the oldest three for the past 12 years, as their mother decided she would rather have her life then be in her kids' lives. Now that she has decided to integrate herself back into their lives recently, that is one of the many challenges we are facing with the ASD kiddo. My son has grown up with all of his siblings at home, so he is now needing to learn life without them home.

Another challenge is my husband is gone for this year. He has a remote tour to Korea, and since the youngest was unable to go, he had to go alone.

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I am a 30 year old mother of two who just graduated college. Between finishing student teaching for my Bachelor's degree and taking care of two children (one of whom has Aspergers) I have really let myself go this year. I am so disappointed in how I look compared to even last August! I want to make some positive changes so that I can feel good about myself and be a better wife, mother, and teacher!

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Ally,
Welcome to our team! So glad you joined us and we look forward to getting to know you and support you in your healthy lifestyle journey. We understand the challenges of raising special kids and taking care of ourselves.

You sound like a very positive and motivated woman! You can do this and you've already proven that! We are here to help. Let us know what we can do to best serve you!

My husband was born in Germany as well! (His mother is German)

I am glad that you got a diagnosis for your son and that you have a place nearby that can help with therapies. Hope by some chance you can get in sooner, but if not, he is young and the wait time isn't really long. Therapies make so much difference for your kids.

I have three of my five on the spectrum. My oldest with Asperger didn't receive therapies as he was dx'd late. The other two have had therapies from a much younger age and the difference is unbelievable! So glad you are getting help early!!

Come join us on the Motivational May Cafe thread for daily chats. You can access that from our Team page underneath the "Wall" under the General Discussion Forum section.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best to you, Cathy (team leader)

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Every man is a builder of a temple called his body. Thoreau

All the Darkness in the world can not extinguish the Light of a Single candle. St. Francis of Assisi


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Hey everyone! My name is Ally. I'm 31 years old and my almost-3 year old was diagnosed with ASD in late March of this year. I'm still struggling with the diagnosis. He was diagnosed with "moderate to severe" autism and I was shocked. I don't think it's correct but I guess that's all a part of the process. He has some issues and struggles a little bit at his preschool... but he's loving, cheerful, bright and verbal (though he has a delay.) He's also bilingual, English and German.

I'm an American living in Germany. My husband (and my son!) were born here. I'm very happy here overall, but the landscape for raising a child with autism is very... confusing. I'm also not entirely convinced that my psychologist knows what she's talking about, but there is an Autism center in my community that I feel very good about. Sadly, it will take another four to six months to get him into therapy with them. Sigh.

Anyway, he was never an easy baby and I was aware early on that something was off. He also had/has terrible allergies and dermatitis. We were in a skin hospital for two weeks a year ago to get that under control. During the course of all of this I broke down and fell off the fitness wagon. Recently, I've been feeling all my age and then some. I can't fathom that I feel this achy and broken at only 31. I have GOT to get back on track for him and for me. So... that's why I'm here.

I lost 80 lbs shortly before he was born and I'm up 40lbs from that point. Two steps forward and one back. Time to finish the rest of the journey. I look forward to chatting with you and getting it together for myself and for my family.

- Ally


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Hi ZAIVALA,

Yes! The monthly thread I was referring to can be seen under the General Discussion Forum section. Though the name changes each month, it will always have the current month and Cafe in the name.
Right now it is the Motivational May Cafe.
We look forward to having you join us there!
Thanks so much!

Have a healthy happy day, Cathy

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Every man is a builder of a temple called his body. Thoreau

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Could you at least name the thread so we may join you?

I overcame my spiritual obesity, now for the physical!


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Welcome to all our new members! It's so great to have you here and we look forward to supporting you in your healthy lifestyle journey.

Let us know how we can best support you.

We have a monthly thread where we "gather" and chat daily about our unique issues we deal with and taking care of ourselves.

We have members on the spectrum, have ADHD, Sensory and other issues as well as having kids and other loved ones with issues.

Everyone is very supportive and encouraging.

We ask that you come join us on that thread.

We also ask that you always keep it respectful and never use it as a place to bash others. We all have our struggles and you can come and vent...just respectfully!

Thanks! Cathy (team leader)

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Every man is a builder of a temple called his body. Thoreau

All the Darkness in the world can not extinguish the Light of a Single candle. St. Francis of Assisi


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Hello everyone! I'm Shazza, 39 years old, and in the process of being assessed for Aspergers/ASD.
I've recently resigned from my job because I couldn't cope with it and was having meltdowns almost everyday. I want to use my interest in fitness to become a personal trainer instead so that I can work for myself, to my own rhythm. I'm really happy to find this team, as I don't know anyone in "real" life who can relate to me at all.


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Hi Everyone! I'm Lynne. I'm a married mother of 3 and full time college student. ( I just went back this year, working on my BA in Poly Sci ) and I have Aspergers. I am just trying to get into the swing of things with exercise and am looking for some support.

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Hi everyone! I'm back after a short detour into bad habits...I am a married mom of two. My son who is almost 3 has an ASD spectrum disorder, while my 13 month old daughter has no delays at all. In fact, she's advanced. I am a trained nurse by profession. I am 28 years old and looking to make a new me happen before I turn 30. I am currently training with my husband for a 5K that we will run in September. My family is the main reason I am doing this, besides doing this for ME! I just recently lost a baby to miscarriage, so now I am hoping to get healthy before trying to have another baby. I'm a busy mom, but I love to talk! Feel free to message me if you'd like to talk about ANYTHING!

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I get to go to my first meeting with the Knoxville Aspies support group tomorrow. Yayy!

I overcame my spiritual obesity, now for the physical!


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Hi! My name is Melissa, and I am on the Autism spectrum. I'm also a graduate student, and I love cats!!

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Hi all. Nice to meet everyone. I'm a married elementary school teacher with 3 kids. Two teenage boys and a pre-teen girl. The middle child 15yo boy was diagnosed with Asperger's a few years ago. He also has mild asthma, major depression, anxiety, anger issues, and is passive suicidal. The jury is still out on whether he has ADHD or not. If so, then the meds we tried were ineffective.... He's been making life interesting lately. A year or so ago he refused to keep taking his meds, so we stopped those. He's finally consented to try again so we're heading back to the doc next week. He's a brilliant, funny, creative kid but we have a heck of a time getting him to do anything productive with school. We've tried many different options and nothing so far has worked well.

Between all the mental health issues and the school work completion issues, we're looking for a medium-term residential treatment center that we can get him into for a while. We're hoping to get him leveled out (depression and anxiety) and get him more help learning how to deal with whatever is going on in his head. His anger issues are increasing and he really needs some extra help. Unfortunately, we can't afford what he needs. We're looking high and low for some funding options to get a treatment center paid for. If anyone knows of some grants, etc for autistic kiddos, I'd love any suggestions you may have.

Anyway, nice to meet you all and to be in your company.

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Hi all, My name is Virginia I am a stay at home mom of a 3 year old autistic son I have about 80 pounds to lose I have found that being so overweight makes it hard to keep up with my highly energetic and emotional child. My son does not talk he babbles so finding someone to watch him so mom can get out and socialize is hard I only have my boyfriend of 6 years works third shift almost 50-60 hours a week so it's always just me and Abel (my son) he also has really bad asthma which makes it hard to get out with it being so cold all the time I am really looking forward to getting to know some more people who also have children like mine and maybe get some advice thank you

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Hi Y'all. My name is Kristina aka QuirkyMom. I am 26 yrs old and live in Alabama with my husband, 2 awesome kids, and a service dog in training. I have around 120 lbs to loose overall but my focus isn't weight. It's getting healthy because not only do I want and need to but my family deserves me at my best. My 6 yr old has Autism, slight amblyopia, (lazy eye), severe GERD, voiding dysfunction, chronic GI upset, hyper-mobility, food allergies, sleep problems and severe anxiety. My 5 yr old has Epilepsy, a mutation on the LPIN2 gene (causes fevers of 106+ every few days, rash, pain), Juvenile Arthritis, slight reflux, hyper-mobility, hypotonia (low muscle tone), and her list can go on for a while...I have been so wrapped up in caring for them and for my husband that I have lost myself. This is my year though. I have some big challenges ahead of me but I am ready to meet them!

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Hi. My name is Janice. I live in MA and have three children including an 11 y.o son with Autism and other diagnoses. I am a SAHM since him and my husband both receive SSI. I hope to lose weight to get in better health so I'll have more energy to keep up with him. Also heart disease runs heavily on my mother's side with every single woman dying of some type of heart disease. I was previously a vegetarian for three-and-a-half years, until yesterday when I decided to begin the new year eating less processed and more natural whole foods. I was not a very good vegetarian as I actually gained weight from being hungry all the time, ate a lot of processed soy meats, was always tired, had no energy and felt sick frequently. I have a heart issue called LVH. I want to improve my health so I can live as long as possible to be here for my children and also so I can better keep up with my son lol. I am glad I found you all.

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Hi, I joined this group last summer but was not active - now I have decided to figure out how to use the community and become more active.
I have 2 kids, a 12 year old boy with severe autism and an 11 year old daughter with asperger's. Just divorced this summer (way overdue) and the stress levels have really dropped. I feel so much better, no one criticizing my every move with the kids. Over the past year I stopped taking care of myself and am up to 203 pounds and feeling miserable physically, so it is time to make major life changes. I'm glad to be here with all of you, since we all get each other! As in, when I am having trouble exercising on the treadmill it isn't from lack of effort, but because I can't keep my son from climbing on the treadmill with me/trying to escape through the backdoor/having a meltdown. Or chewing the buttons off the treadmill (he ruined his dad's $1000 elliptical by tearing out the buttons and peeling off the front panel).

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Hi, I'm Debbie. I'm 42, married, with 2 kids. My son has Aspergers and ADHD. He's 9 and in the 4th grade. My daughter is 7 and in 2nd grade.

My son started showing signs of ADHD in pre-K at the age of 4, but that was the same year he had a really bad teacher who had no control of the classroom, so we thought it was a discipline issue. When he was in Kindergarten the symptoms continued despite having a great teacher, but we kept thinking that through consitency at home and at school we'd get the problem under control. Not so much. Part of what had us thinking it couldn't possibly be ADHD was that he was able to build and design lego projects for hours on end and we'd have to order him to come down and eat. Finally at the beginning of first grade we realized this was a continuing problem and nothing we were doing was working for him. That's when we finally looked into ADHD and realized it fit. So we put him on meds. We were told it could be two weeks before we saw a behavioral change. Nope... it was 3 days and the change was dramatic.

What we didn't realize though was that David also showed all the signs for Aspergers. I didn't research it much because medicating the ADHD symptoms had such a dramatic affect on his behavior and self-esteem that I wasn't too worried about some of his other quirks. I also thought those quirks were explained by the ADHD alone.

Finally last year I looked at a list of Aspergers symptoms and realized I was reading about my son. We delayed getting an official diagnosis until we knew he wouldn't qualify for additional help from the school without it. So we did. This year I authorized the school to do a comprehensive set of tests to test his language ability, academic ability, and psychology. The tests came back showing us the areas in which he excels and the areas in which he struggles. The tests confirmed the Aspergers. It was nice to have controlled tests confirm it though since the original diagnosis was just based on answering questions on a form and the fact that his pediatrician (also a behavioral psychiatrist) has known him all his life and suspected it way before we ever went to her with our suspicions.

I see you guys are pretty active, so I'm looking forward to being able to talk to other folks who have dealt with a lot of what we're going through.


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Hello! I'm Laura. I have 5 children, 24, 20, 17, 12, 9. Two have been diagnosed with Asperger's. Two others possibly that or ADD. The other one just has issues. Anxiety disorder and depression run on my father's side of the family. For my daughter it never occurred to me she was on the spectrum until she was about 13 or 14. I guess girls present differently but now looking back all the pieces start fitting together. She has more sensory issues than my son. Her digestive system is very sensitive and she is especially sensitive towards touch and feel. My son is mostly sensitive to noises, my daughter is too but not so much as her other issues. She has always (since the second she was born) had lots of tantrums. She also takes everything personally and argues a lot with everything I tell her. I can rarely ask her to do anything without her throwing a fit. She has made huge improvements this past year and for the first time in her life (she is now 17) I feel like we are having a relationship. The rest of them mostly need help with anxiety, being organized, getting out and getting things done. I don't feel like I'm in a position to help them much with that because I have the same issues. Each day is a struggle. Not necessarily dealing with them but my own inner thoughts dealing with anxiety and low self-esteem.



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Hi my name is Lyndsay and I have a 2.5 year old daughter who was diagnosed this summer with SPD and we are currently on the list to get in for the Autism Clinic in our area. She has been working with therapists since she was 6 months old and we think we might finally be making progress. I am 28 years old and my husband is 37. We have recently discovered that trying to lose weight in stressful situations is not easy. (who knew!) We have had to make some changes to our lifestyles because of the sensory issues Monkey has. I know personally I have been trying to cope with my inability to cope with her sensory issues with food. I don't even know where to start. Everyone I have talked to tells me it gets better so I am hoping it does.

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hi, my 9 year old has aspergers. He is such an intelligent wonderful boy. But it is a daily challenge for me. He is the middle child and it terrifies me when I look at him. Although he is so smart, he is totally helpless when it comes to the little things, like getting dressed, packing his own bookcase etc. How will I ever prepare him for the world so he can look after himself. I am glad I found this group as I have no one to share my problems and all the happy things concerning him. My family is not interested as my sister has a child with a degenerative muscular disease and my frustrations seems not important compare to the pain she is going through. My husband and his family ignores it. It is a way of coping for them. Ignore the problem and its not there.

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Hi there! I'm a 53 year old home gardener and steering wheel singer who's married to a wonderful husband and has 3 beautiful daughters. My oldest grandson is 17, autistic and has lived with me and my husband his whole life. My oldest daughter has 4 other children, 2 of which are autistic and the other 2 had treated language delays and are now typical. My 2 other daughters each have a small child with language delay. They are all happy and otherwise healthy!
I was a daydreamer in school who marched to the beat of a different drummer, I prefer to think of myself as eccentric. I like to keep my bangs short so I don't brush them out of my face and get mud all over myself. I tend to climb up into things and THEN try to figure how to get back out. I was rejected and abused by my father and have self esteem issues.
I started out in a place of anger and sadness and escaped to a place of peace and comfort. Now after 20 years I find myself - too comfortable. On Labor Day I decided it was time to get off the couch and challenge myself. Here I am.

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Hello All!! Just found this group today with my Aspie looking over my shoulder...lol. I am approaching my 41st birthday and am into the 3rd year of knowing that my son has Asperger's {sigh}. Took a while for the diagnosis, but now that we know, we're learning and adjusting and moving right along. He was happier than me, I think, to find this group because he's my exercise partner this time around. Since he's home schooled, we have the chance to do mini workouts throughout the day...however, he's too young to register on this site (has doctor's approval to start using weights now, though, so it's all good).

We look forward to learning and sharing and losing/gaining (yes, opposite goals, but same amount...lol)......

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Hello all. I am a 40ish mother of three. I have a 22 year old son who is under contract to train as a SEAL... just a little stress there, luckily if he makes it the training is three years long. I have two daughters, the 9 year old has ADHD the 11 year old has a host of things: ADHD, Asperger's, Bipolar and epilepsy. Life has been very challenging but has been looking up recently. I tend to be an emotional eater when under too much stress, so I guess it isn't surprising that I am here trying to lose 30 lbs. :)

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Hi everyone,

I am Trev and currently reside in the county of Devon, South West UK. Two of my three children are affected the oldest with Aspergers and the Youngest with ASD.

Being in both cases a condition that is not seen and recognisable by others things could be far better for all parents of children with these conditions if more was generally known about them.

I am presently trying to loose 180 pounds having lost about 80 I have about 100 to go.
In some ways I am lucky in having these two being so supportive of what I am doing although the youngest one being absolutely obsessed by calorie amounts in absolutely everything can be a bit of a mental challenge at times.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you all the very best in your quest to achieving your ideal weight goal.

Cheers

Trev

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Never in human history has a statue ever been erected in homage to a critic.
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Hi, my name is Ive and I have two boys who are on the autism spectrum. What a path, my dearies! They are 7 and 10 and I love them so much.

As you are all very familiar, the challenges are many. I am happy to be doing my best to promote their quality of life. Each time they reach a milestone, I celebrate.

That however also means I tend to forget to take care of myself, and that's why I'm here. I need to be healthy for myself and my family.

I was so excited to find a team exclusively for caregivers and people with ASD/SPD! Looking forward to exchanging perspectives and motivation with all of you.

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Hey everybody! My name is Jeanine and I have a 4 year old son who just this year we found out he had sensory processing disorder.
We always knew he worked a little different then other kids but we just couldn't put our finger on it.
We knew he didn't have Autism but we had no idea what to do for him.
He was quick to throw tantrum and and had these urges to jump and run and chew on things.
We finally found the right person and right away she said have you ever heard of sensory processing disorder I can tell that your son has it.
She gave us a ton of information and told us to research it and and set us up with an occupational therapist.
The first month it got worse we tried everything in the books too much sensory overload.
I then stepped back kept track of everything he did and started to see patterns.
We added in the right amount of sensory needs for him and he became a changed child.
He was delayed in speech and overnight his words and sentences picked up, his meltdowns went down from hours to 5 minutes.
Don't get me wrong there is still challenging days and weeks and have to always have to be on our toes but life is manageable now.
The hardest thing with sensory is that it is a disorder but it is not medically recognized. We couldn't just get an O.T because of sensory we could get her because of delayed fine motor same with an aid for preschool.
I am thankful that in Canada all of these resources are free. It is so hard finding the right support though because most people have no idea what sensory is and think it can be cured with the right discipline.
With many years of just trying to survive and all my energy going to my son trying to help him I let myself go.
I gained a lot of weight and stopped taking the care in myself I needed. It is all changing now.
We have all these goals set out for our son and he is meeting them it is my turn to set goals for myself as well.
I have found the best resources and support have been other moms with sensory children. I would love to hear from anybody who has a child with sensory I need all the help and support i can get!

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Hi, my name is Julie. Both my son and I have Asperger's. My daughter has many traits of it but no social problems. We are not diagnosed, we have talked about getting a diagnosis and I talked with my doctor about it, but neither my son or I feel it is necessary. I also have type 2 diabetes that is out of control right now. My kids are teenagers and I finally feel like I have time to spend on myself. So I am working to become the best me I can be.

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Hi, my name is Gayle. I live in the Milwaukee area. I have two children, my daughter, Sara, is 18, and my son, John, is 11. Johnny has autism, epilepsy, asthma and food allergies. Until recently, I have not worked outside of the home. I have just started teaching music classes privately, to groups of home schooled children. This amounts to only a couple hours a week, but I find that I love it. Now I'm ready to do something about the extra weight I carry around. This has been a lifelong struggle and I have many, many pounds to lose, but I find that focusing on the small, attainable goals works the best. I'm looking forward to meeting and chatting with all of you. Have a pleasant weekend.

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Well I'm 39 and I've never been diagnosed with an ASD, but I've always known something was different about the way I went about my daily routines and how others would. I never really thought it was an ASD until my son had been diagnosed with aspergers. Then my youngest son was diagnosed with a more non verbal aspect of autism. I had to look to myself and realize many of the traits they exhibited were found in myself as well. I hope to get a diagnoses for myself soon to verify what I already suspect.

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Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'll look into it. I always am up for alternative options. Some I've tried in the past for other difficulties helped.

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