Autism: 1 in 88 Means Someone Special to Me

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Statistics are really just numbers until you experience it first hand… until the number becomes a person.

Looking back, I think I always knew that one day I would have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I know that sounds strange, but I always was amazed by the people who had ASD. I felt sympathy for them but there was something more that I could not put my finger on exactly. Almost like a kinship.

This was my preparation.

Despite what I consider to be God’s way of preparing me, I was stunned beyond words when we received Lira’s diagnosis. For years, I struggled and could never find the joy that other parents with children on The Spectrum would mention. I didn’t feel blessed. I felt… punished. Abused. Hurt. Abandoned. Confused. Angry.

Now, Bill and I look at Lira and cannot imagine life differently. Would we change her if we could? I don’t know.

The truth be known, Lira is quite unusual for a child with ASD. Her diagnosis of PDD-NOS means that while she has some characteristics of Autism, she is not the typical, textbook case. Some would say that her Autism is very mild. Some may not even notice.

I guess you could say that she is an atypical, atypical child.

God has done amazing things in her life but has done even more amazing things in me. Where I once wondered if she would ever have a normal life, I can now accept that her life is normal… normal to her.

While it is unclear if Autism is becoming more common or if it is becoming easier to recognize, the statistic are breathtaking.

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The speculation for what causes Autism is clearly just a bunch of guesses but I have my own theories.

When you consider the increasing presence of toxins in our environment compared to the increasing prevalence of the disorder, the probability of that being merely chance is just not possible. Think about all the chemicals present in our homes ~

  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotions, hairspray…)
  • Cleaners (air fresheners, detergents, cleaning products…)
  • Plastics (microwaveable containers, zip-top bags, lined aluminum cans…)
  • Building materials (synthetic carpeting, treated lumber, insulation, paint…)
  • Additives (processed foods, medications, vitamins…)
  • Hormones (meat, milk, chicken…)
That just scratches the surface and doesn’t even consider the toxins in our environment.
By themselves, the dangers are considered small, but I wonder if these chemicals are ever considered combined with the toxins laying beside them in the cabinet or freezer? Or, what about when these additives come into conflict with someone’s genetic predisposition to learning delays, disease, or other disabilities?
I will always wonder if I could have done something differently to prevent Lira’s Autism. I will always wonder… but it is beyond my control. Now, I just have to adapt to our “normal” life.
If you are interested in some of the other posts I have written regarding Autism or the things we do that help Lira, consider these:
About Us ~
Anger Management ~

Teaching Anger Management to Children When They Hit

Getting the Angries Out

 

Product Recommendations ~

A Book Recommendation for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Product recommendations for Homeschooling

 

Teaching Ideas ~

Autism Therapy: Teaching Your Child about Personal Space

Teaching Time Related-to-the-Day (Free Printables)

Free Multiplication Worksheets & Fact Cards with Visual Cues

Teaching Your Child to Multiply (More Free Printables)

Teaching Your Child to Multiply on Their Fingers

 

 

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  1. Shannon says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this and put all of your thoughts and helpful information into this post.

  2. Thank you for your honesty. We’ve been on a roller coaster with doctors and such. One said he has autistic like characteristics, but wasn’t autistic. Right now he has a diagnosis of a speech delay and social adaptive delay. Going through all this, I felt the same emotions you mentioned above. It’s encouraging to know I wasnt the only one feeling that way.

    Many blessings!

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