Forum: Children with Vision, Hearing & Sensory Issues
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Hello, my name is Marie. I've been all over these boards over the past 5 years but never here. I've been ttc for nearly 6 years, have had multiple miscarriages and finally just gave up on ttc. Then we decided to do foster care/adoption and after waiting a year and a half to become approved we finally were in September 2010. We began the search for our child and made hundreds of inquiries. The only child that truly stood out in my mind was the first positive response we received back. We were asked to come meet the child and see what we thought and if we thought we could parent a child with severe autism and sensory processing issues that is hyperactive. We fell in love, and now we're in the process of adopting him. We are currently waiting on his medical records and once we get those then we start visits! We're super excited about adding this miracle child to our family, but also scared. Not many people around us have low functioning autistic children and we know none with sensory issues. We'd love advice, feedback, and just information in general on these issues. Any inspiration, motivation and POSITIVE experiences would help us immensely..everyone always wants to point out the negatives to us!
My neighbors son is severely autistic. He's thirty. As a child they were told that he'd never walk or talk. He'd being unruly and hard to manage the rest of his life. Let me tell you... they didn't have a clue what they were talking about.
He is such a sweet guy! He has a job (can't drive, but the city bus picks him up). He speaks very well and even swears when he's mad. Honestly if I didn't know his diagnosis I'd never guess he's autistic. He's also hyperactive (or at least was told as a child). He's very functional now after a lot of help from his mama. She really advocated for him and got him all the help she could find. He's a really sweet guy who is a joy to be around. Good luck with your adoption. You're a brave woman to take it on.
The developmental delay board is almost completely parents of Autism if you're interested in looking there too.
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