Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop (4/11-4/17)

Thank you to Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, 
Lindsay @ Just Another Book Addict,
Heather @ Fire and Ice Photo,
& Pixie @ Page Turners for hosting this giveaway!

For those of you who haven't heard, or those of you who have seen the puzzle ribbon but are unclear on what it represents, April is National Autism Awareness month. It's an opportunity to educate others on what the condition is, how it affects those who have it, and ways that you can offer help and support.

With 1 in 88 children now being diagnosed, there are a large number of families whose lives have been altered in some way by autism, ours included.

I'm going to be honest here, I had a post prepared detailing how autism has affected us and the struggles we go through. When reading back through it after it was written.....it was depressing. Very depressing. Our oldest child has a difficult life. We try to do the best we can for him, but even with the additional help of outside programs that specialize in autism and children with behavior problems, we still struggle. A good day for us means that we haven't received a call from the school saying that we need to pick him up early because he's hurt someone or that he hasn't come home and tried to break things or hit us because of a tantrum. 

So, I'm going to skip all of that and just tell you that I have two children who are both on the spectrum...very opposite ends of the spectrum. Not sure what that means? Just to give you a quick example, they share many typical traits of autism, such as the issues with sensory processing and severe social anxiety. But one child is non-verbal with very limited learning abilities and the other is reading above his grade level and a consistent A/B student. 

You can find more information about the different autism spectrum disorders here

Ok addicts, let's get to the fun stuff.

We're doing something a little different for this hop. Fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a book of your choice (up to $10) from the Book Depository. If you win, you can also choose one friend who will receive the same prize. 

Thanks for stopping by and entering! And an extra thank you for those of you who had the patience to read through my post ;)

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Rebe said...

Thanks for sharing about your children! I can't believe how many more children are being diagnosed as on the spectrum these days.

Jennifer York said...

I understand the having a good day when you don't get a phone call from school. When my son was 4 he got kicked out of his daycare that he had been at since he was 6 weeks old. It's like a switch it off in him and he wouldn't not listen or keep his hands to himself.

My 5 (soon to be 6) year son has test within the
autism spectrum but they don't want to say he has it yet. It's a wait and see thing with us.
He does have sensory processing problems and his social skills are not where they should be at his age. He is also reading above his grade level and is super smart.

He is not a fan of change in his daily schedule. If he is teacher is out he flips out at school.

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

A really big thanks for participating in this blog hop! It's such a great cause. I worked for several years as a speech therapist with non-verbal and verbal autistic preschoolers. What a challenge but extremely rewarding!!

zoey said...

Thank you for the giveaway! My little neighbour has been diagnosed with autism couple of years ago. I admire every parent who did not just give up but they are trying to understand their children and help them in every possible way, it takes so much strength..

Disincentive said...

Thank you for sharing your story and a giveaway. I hope it's going to be better with your kids :)

I'm a new follower by the way.
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Goldilox said...

Great giveaway, thank you! I SO admire all parents of children with autism. It takes a strong and patient and caring person to live/work/raise such a child. Yay for the good days!!!

Underworld Love Addiction said...

Good thing your kids have such an understanding and loving mother :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

VanesMate said...

Great giveaway!! Im glad there's women like you out there with the patience and love for their children....I admire your strength:)


IdentitySeeker said...

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway:)

Best wishes!

Sarah Bibi Setar:)

Rebecca said...

My brother has Asbergers with severe anger issues. I remember when he was in high school, as his jobless sister I would have to pick him up early almost every day because school would become so much for him. On days they had pep rallies? Forget it. He was not about to go and I was to be there a hour before it started to get him out of the building.

He's 18 now. Due to an excellent IEP and constant tutoring and typing of reports done by me and my parents he has received his high school diploma. As a girl who couldn't handle high school because of bullying and got her GED? I couldn't be more proud of him. I wish he would walk with his class, but I know he won't.

I compare him to Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory," except Sheldon's social graces are a bit better.

I'm not saying I understand what you and your family are going through, but I am saying that I can sympathize. You and your family are in my prayers.

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Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

I heart you Cat, and thank you for sharing your story with us, even though I already knew it, it still broke my heart to read because we all want healthy children, but you know what I have cousins in my family and one is mental retarded and 2 have Ausbergers and neither of two speak but I wouldn't trade them for the world!!!!!!! We love them sooo much!!!

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!

Love you Cat & Jamie XOXO <3

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