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Posted by sarah on August 12, 2000 at 03:43:51:

In Reply to: Sad Day... posted by lc on August 11, 2000 at 22:37:20:

: I had my children at Chucky Cheeses today, which they loved, however, my autistic son got away from my sight as I was giving my other 2 children tokens. As I frantically looked for him, I saw him being pulled by a young boy pulling on my sons arms screaming at him saying "NOOO!! I told you that you can't go up the sliding board the wrong way!!!" My son (3 1/2) was frustrated, irritated & confused by this as he struggled to get away from this child & get into the bottom of that slide. My heart just sunk as I saw this & trying to explain this to another child is next to impossible. I couldn't help but stop & pray to God at that moment to PLEASSSE let me live a long life so I can continue to help this child when he gets in situations like this. My son looks normal & also is as big as 5 year olds, so I'm beginning to see that it's going to be a long road ahead. Thanks for listening & helping me get this off my chest as I am sitting here crying typing this.

Hi Ic

I was in the bank the other day. Behind me were two women talking blocking the aisle my autistic 7 year old tried to squeeze through the two women. You should have seen him try and get as small as possible, trying not to cause a problem. One of the women turned and glared at me and my son and growled "Excuse me!" at the top of her voice. As quick as a flash I turned around and said (trying to keep calm!)"Excuse me my son is autistic". The next few moments were so satisfying she turned bright red as the rest of the people looked at her and she immediately apologised. Hopefully, she will think twice before she judges children and parents again. I'm telling you this because like you I have had "Sad days" but sometimes they can turn around and become O.K! Take care, Sarah

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