Sunday, April 29, 2007

Six Autistic kids! Are we joking?!

We wish it was just all one big joke or maybe a bad dream...but it's true. My wife and I are the parents of six children and they all are on the Autism spectrum. Now don't get us wrong we LOVE these little angels and sometimes they are, but honestly life is tough! How tough? Well, that is one of the reasons for this blog. We like to tell people that something happens EVERY DAY.

So to be up front with why we're here doing a blog, here are some things we are hoping to do:

  1. Help other Autistic parents with our example, good or bad.
  2. Give hope to others in the Autistic community that may be thinking, "Gee, I thought we had it bad, SIX KIDS!?!"
  3. We need to earn or make more MONEY $$$ to provide for our children various treatments, interventions and education. One way is with our website: Right now it's mainly Autism Awareness t-shirts, tote bags, etc.(Any suggestions, ideas or requests are welcomed).
  4. Learn from others experiences to help us and others who come here.
  5. I and my wife will both be posting to this blog. Both a Dad and Mom's point of view.

Here's the breakdown of our angels:

  • 13 yr old, boy, High Functioning Autism
  • 9 yr old, girl, Aspergers
  • 8 yr old, boy, Aspergers
  • 5 yr old, girl, Classic Autism
  • 3 yr old, boy, Classic Autism
  • 2 yr old, girl, PDD-NOS

Some may ask, "Why did you keep having kids if you knew they were Autistic?" I may say that's it's none of your business. But, I won't... We only got complete a diagnosis on all of them this last November (2006).

Now, we are new to blogging so if we do something goofy or dumb...please be kind. If not I'll just wipe out your post anyway. You'll learn that I'm the one with more attitude and my wife will range from inspirational to depressed. Depends on how long ago she took her Zoloft. :)



abfh said...

Hi... I followed the link to your page from the comment you wrote on my blog, and I'd like to be the first to welcome you!

I also come from a family with several autistic people in it, and there are many other such families.

If you're not already a reader of Jeanette's blog (she calls herself Mom26children), you may want to visit it -- she also has six children, and five of them are autistic. She has a wonderful positive attitude.

Sam I Am said...

Found your link from a comment you left on another blog. Welcome to the autistic family blogosphere. I have a 5 year old with classic autism, and my husband and I are pretty sure our 9 1/2 has aspergers, but see no need in a diagnosis, as he functions very well in school as of now, and we know how to deal with all the other "stuff" at home and in community. Peace and blessings.

Anonymous said...

Found your blog! God bless you!
I have 5 kids, one with severe autism. Some of the other ones have issues but we haven't gone through getting them diagnosed. Somedays I pretend not to see the traits in the other kids. They are doing ok without the diagnosis-do they really need one?
Anyway, Best of luck to you!

Anonymous said...

I am an Occupational Therapist, 21 years working with special needs children 2 1/-21 yrs old....lots of wonderful AI kiddos. One, how about adding a "sensory" spot on your blog allowing parents to connect with concerns, things tried that actually worked....and how about adult sized T-shirts, I know therapists and teachers would love to wear them. work phone 517-543-5500, 1115. Would love to hear from you. OT's rock!!