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By Olga Holland

Whilst a toddler is clinically determined with autism, the fogeys' response is frequently one in all hopelessness and worry. Olga Holland skilled those feelings while her son Billy was once clinically determined, yet rather than giving up wish, she built suggestions that experience made Billy greater in a position to deal with lifestyles. She explains how operating with autism's many strengths has ended in a greater caliber of existence for all her relations. choked with recommendation for daily dwelling and long term growth, The Dragons of Autism is a good and inspirational learn, and is illustrated with Billy's dragons.

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48 The Dragons of Autism At four Billy’s eye contact has deteriorated steadily since he was six months old. Then he could stare into my eyes. At two, he avoided looking me in the eye, and at three he made practically no eye contact. Now, at four, it is clear that, in looking at a person, he prefers to look anywhere but in the eyes. We’ve lost his bunny. This is a hard time, until we discover that Billy likes soft cotton balls and that he will go to bed nicely if he gets one to hold in his hand.

8 How We Learned that Billy is Autistic That August of 1997, four years after the birth of our son, I finally put one and two together. These were my revelations: 1. Billy’s behavior (like the morning fog) = Not My Fault. 2. Continuing the job of full-time mom to Billy and nothing else = Not A Good Idea. The first conclusion came with the realization that I had overdone both my pride in my excellence at raising Francesca and my guilt at failing to make a proper boy out of Billy. I decided that I needed to let go of some of my expectations for my children, to take one day at a time, and to be happy for any progress they might make, whether or not it was progress by conventional standards.

The trip was not as hard as we anticipated. If the world was moving around him, Billy was generally satisfied. When we stopped in Nebraska to visit relatives, he adopted our car as home and spent a lot of time sitting in it. He preferred that to being in new places with new people. House-hunting with Billy was hard. He made every new experience a test of the emotional limits of everyone around him. I tried to find a preschool that would accept him while we hunted. ” Two places agreed to take Billy.

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