What is Autism? It is a complex neurological disorder that usually lasts throughout the person’s lifetime. It is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. ASD impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. It can also be associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors. It is a spectrum disorder so symptoms of ASD can range from very mild to severe. It affects 1 in 150 children, with boys four times more likely to have ASD, making it more common than pediatric AIDS, cancer & diabetes combined. Right now, there is no cure. Early intervention instruction focusing on communication, social & cognitive skills has been shown to result in significant improvements for many children.
This is our little family's journey. MM (our only daughter) has mild cerebral palsy & autism spectrum disorder. She also has an undiagnosed auto immune disorder.
Come with us as we are learning to cope, navigating the system and riding the rollercoaster of having a child with special needs with a large amount of humor & sarcasm thrown in.
Life was all fun & games TILL THE SHORTBUS pulled up in front of our house...
From Wikipedia "Short Bus"
Short buses can be used by smaller school districts on routes with few students to pick up. However, a more prominent use is to transport small numbers of children to and from vocational school, or schools for children with emotional disorders or mental disabilities. Because of this second use of the buses, "taking the short bus" or other phrases to that effect has become a pejorative slang term used to imply that someone has a mental retardation or emotional problems.
I am a mom, a wife, a professional snot getter. I am blessed to have a wonderful mother who watches my daughter whenever I work and does all of the "extras" that MM needs. I am considered a "damn yankee" since I have lived in the south for 14 years now. I will always be a buckeye (a useless nut) at heart. It took me a long time to adjust to southern life, but I like it.