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My ASD Princess

A family helping a girl explore her world through the lens of autism

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Atypical Christian

No clue about what Autism is? Neither did we. Until we spoke with Jeramy Hope. He is dedicated to Autism Advocacy and is working hard to bring more awareness on the topic. This episode also has a special ending. Jenna Hope shared with us what to do if you've discovered you have autism.

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My Princess, Always Amazing Me

“I’m not blaming my autism for anything I’m proud that I have autism and it doesn’t matter if I do stuff differently that’s okay, nobody is normal if you think your normal maybe you don’t know what the definition of normal and different mean because if everybody was normal life would be real crappy. God made everybody different for a reason in brace your differences”

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One Tough Princess

I've been learning not to focus on the 30 hours of school she doesn't attend per week or the endless juggling of multiple allied health and medical appointments. Even further the constant seesaw of medication changes, self-harm, overstimulation, fighting and misunderstanding. If this becomes our focus and measure stick, I would feel defeated and fighting a lost battle. Instead, I've been determined to notice these huge milestones these past months that demonstrates a positive movement forward;

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Only been given half the diagnosis, and half the answers.

Last week I had a daughter with autism (level 2) this week I have a daughter with a suite of disabilities that are fighting for a front row seat, in her every day. A child that I thought saw the world through the single lens of autism,  now viewing life through a multiple lenses mixing anxieties, depression, and social phobias blurring her reality and messing with what we thought was her normal.  So I am hurting because my daughter hurts, but I'm also angry because my daughter hurts. When your daughter has only been giving half the diagnosis, it means we've just been treating a symptom, not the cause.

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2017 has been a tough year

Upon reflection, we have concluded that this year has been the most tumultuous and difficult for our princess and as such for us. We had high hopes for her first year of high school, a timetabled and predictable space, others in her class with similar struggles and specialists that could walk alongside her.

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Take 3

Although the cost of academia was a reduction in supports; this was disastrous for our princess. The progress of the first semester was lost, the wins on her report card forgotten, but more disastrously the want to engage and even attend school has been lost.

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