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Posted by Adad on October 03, 2000 at 11:29:36:

My son started to speak a little late, but now at 2 1/2, the cute little behaviors that were so endearing
as he began to speak have become repeititive and scary. Sometimes he seems fine. Sometimed
distracted. We blamed it on the stress of our twins birth and the attention they were getting.
My wife and I grew worried and eventually I checked out a webpage on autism and I feel like I had
been hit by mac truck face. Frankly, I would rather have been hit in the face by a truck.

I am not sure why I am writing this other than I am trying to sit in my office and act like things are normal...
with people shuttling in and out asking questions, and while I blame my watery eyes on my allergies. I
dare not tell anyone, lesat I be branded one of those poeple who can't be counted on.

I am not sure what I am hoping to hear in responce to this posting... that I should feel lucky that he's
often a very functional kid? Or hold on tight, he'll get worse? Or don't worry there will be good days?
Or get the twins checked out early becasue it runs in families?

I could use some advise on how to interact with him. It now seems as if everything he does is an autistic
behavior, but my wife and I are so frazzled that we can't tell anymore

My wife is spending her day setting up appointments and speaking to case workers as the cleaning
women takes care of the twins and Ian. I used up all my vacation when my wife was in and out of the hospital
for month when the twins were born. Plus I am sure I'll need time off on other days.

If anyone has anything helpful, reassuing, or pleasant to say, please write back. I have been putting aside money
money for his college education since the day he was born. Is it too much to pray he gets to use it?

A Dad

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