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Raising children on the spectrum when you are also on the spectrum

My son is diagnosed with Asperger's and my daughter was diagnosed with moderate autism. Just recently my therapist told me that I fall on the spectrum too.

Being told that was like a door I had been pushing at finally opening and letting in the fresh air, I knew it I was different, I knew it in my bones since before I had my son, I just didn't know how to speak about these things.

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I'm an autistic woman married to a neuro-typical man: Here's how we make it work

One of the biggest fears I see that autistic people or parents of autistic children have is that they'll never be able to have a romantic relationship.

I'm here to dispel that myth by sharing how my marriage works. I'm married to a neuro-typical ("normal") husband with no psychological issues whatsoever, and no prior experience at all in dealing with people with psychological problems.

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Married, happy, autistic: My life as an adult with Autism

So much information about autism and the Autism Awareness Movement is geared toward young children. News flash: adults have autism, too. I'm one of them. "But you seem so 'normal,' and you're married! You can't have autism!" Exclamations like these always follow whenever I tell people that I'm autistic. It's true: I probably don't fit into your idea of what it means to be autistic — I'm married, I had a career before I was diagnosed with a bone disease that ended it — but it's something that affects me every moment of every day.

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Autism and puberty: my 10-year-old is growing up, and I'm not ready

My ten-year-old daughter with Asperger's syndrome just got her period. When my daughter was diagnosed several years ago as being on the Autism spectrum, I only thought so far as the toddler/elementary school years. Everyday things like getting dressed and playing with other kids were already such challenges, I just couldn't wrap my head around what would happen when my daughter, you know, becomes a woman.

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The road to acceptance for parents of children with special needs

With the birth of our son we joined the ranks of that undefined, amorphous, limitless group of "special needs parents." Within the first days of the NICU I knew there would be challenges, but I could not ever imagine the constituency of belonging to such a group. A stat perhaps. A label. A stigma?