I am the mother of three children, the oldest being Lil' D, who is 10 years old and has moderate to severe autism. He can't read or tell me why he can get suddenly sad or angry, but his receptive skills (how he understands and follows directions) are remarkable. Raising a child with autism is a constant challenge, and being his mother is an exhausting, exhilarating, and lonely roller coaster ride.
Amal, our second child and our only daughter, is 7 years old and Hamza, our youngest, is 3 years old.
Other autism spectrum disorders include Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder, or PDD.
Autism and other autism spectrum disorders can be difficult to diagnose, because the symptoms and degree of impairment -- ranging from mild to severe -- are different for every child.
With the varying personalities of three children (plus both sets of grandparents, who support us and often visit from either India or Maryland), my husband and I feel both overwhelmed and blessed with love and support.
It is never easy to learn that someone you love has a serious health or developmental condition.Learning all you can about the disorder -- and where to get help -- will ease your fear and confusion.It can also provide the tools you need to find the support that children with autism -- and you -- really need.Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in early childhood.Autism is the most common condition in a related constellation of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders, also called ASDs.