This is my contribution to RJ Scott’s annual Autism Awareness Blog Hop.
Facts about Autism: — Autism is NOT a disease.
— Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuroinflammation.
When Youngest was in primary school, (group 3, I think, so, around the age of 6/7), I thought she might be autistic. There were certain behaviours that seemed… off, for lack of a better word, and she had a way of not looking at you when you were talking to her. School didn’t seem to agree and tried to convince me that, even though she was the only one out of a class of 36 pupils showing said behaviour, it was probably just a phase.
From that moment on things with Youngest seemed to… well, escalate isn’t exactly the right word, but getting through to her became more difficult. Not all the time, her behaviour seemed to go through up and down waves. So, we had her tested. During the interview before the tests, we were told that Youngest seemed too social to be autistic, yet the report after the tests supported my worries more than their opinion. Somewhere among a slew of appointments that followed, we finally received a diagnosis of mild Tourette syndrome, accompanied by ADD and a touch of compulsive behaviour. Of course, that set off another slew of appointments to help Youngest and to help us help Youngest. (and in a way help Eldest, too, by following some parenting courses, cause… you have to try something, right?)
It’s been a learning curve for all of us. She’s 22 now, intelligent, though lazy as F (and often proud of it), and one of the kindest, most generous persons you’ll ever meet. Her tics seems to have taken a back seat, but her ADD is a constant companion.
One randomly chosen winner will have a choice of my ebook backlist in format of choice (pdf/epub/mobi).
Entering is simple: leaving a comment and a valid email adress is enough, though you’re free to share your own story. I’d love to hear them.
The contest will run until midnight on the 30th, and I’ll announce (and contact via email) the winners May 1st.
Note: 36 seems like an awful lot, but they had it covered. Two teachers, of which one handled the teaching, and the other kept an eye on the pupils who lagged behind or were ahead. We thought it worked very well, for school work at least.