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Posted by Sheila Hampton on May 25, 2000 at 10:03:10:

I have an 8 year old high functioning autistic son. He is one of three children. Because of his autism, it is nearly impossible for me to work outside the home. He just can't handle the changes that take place when I am out of the home. Our problem is that my husband is the only one working and we can't hardley survive.
Is there any financial aid out there to help us keep our home? Obviously, I'm new to this and I am not aware of the resources available. Can anyone out there help me? I also need to ask any parents out there---how do I tell my son he is autistic? He is just now realizing that he is different. There is children at school
laughing at him because of his facial expressions and the way he talks and walks. He wants to know why they are laughing at him. It is breaking my heart and I don't know what to say to him. He cries and says it hurts his feelings. I don't know what to do or say. He is in public schools and like I said before, he is
high functioning which makes him aware that he is different and it hurts him so bad. Help! Sheila

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