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Posted by Lonnie on October 18, 2000 at 15:21:05:

In Reply to: Re: I'm at the end of my rope, please somebody help...... posted by Angie in Ohio on October 17, 2000 at 21:18:00:

: My daughter Megan is twelve years old and is a high functioning autistic child. She can become very fixated on ideas and/or objects. I know that it can be very frustrating. But God gives special kids to special people so that they will be properly cared for. Remember that. You can deal with two demanding children and you will. Sometimes you think that you won't but you will. If you are unable to give them the love and understanding they need then who will. To the average person, an autistic child can be very nerve wracking. Just keep in mind that your children cannot help the way that they are. It's up to you to learn everything that you can about the disability and make the commitment to them that you are going to provide them the opportunity to live the most fulfulling life possible. But you don't have to do it alone. You were smart enough to post this message on the internet, you are smart enough to search and find help and support groups in your area. Educate yourself, educate your family. Find a support group or person who will listen and let you blow off steam. An autistic's fears are very real to them no matter how silly they may seem to us. Remember, they can't help it. They are what they are. It's up to us as parents and individuals to cope and help them cope. My words are not meant to be harsh. My heart goes out to you. Many of us have been exactly where you are and survived. You, too, will survive. God Bless!

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