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by Cindy Waeltermann

Twas the Night Before Christmas
And all through the house
The creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse

We tried melatonin
And gave a hot bath
But the holiday jitters
They always distract

The children were finally
All nestled in bed
When nightmares of terror
Ran through my OWN head

Did I get the right gift
The right color
And style
Would there be a tantrum
Or even, maybe, a smile?

Our relatives come
But they don't understand
The pleasure he gets
Just from flapping his hands.

"He needs discipline," they say
"Just a well-needed smack,

Lisa Rupe

Autism and the Military Family by Lisa Rupe
(c) The Autism File 2009

Teri Arranga

Anesthesia & the Autistic Child by Sym C. Rankin, RN, CRNA
(c) 2009 The Autism File

Lisa Rupe

Note: I wrote this as a contest piece two years ago to an audience unfamiliar with autism.

One day my life changed. No one died. I didn't have a new baby. There wasn't a terrorist attack. My son was diagnosed with autism. It was absolutely devastating.
The first time I cried was in the parking lot of the psychologist's office. I cried when I told my mother who was at home watching our baby daughter. And again when I told my husband when he came home from work. And again when I told our pastor Sunday morning. I probably cried every time I said autism for a month.

David Geslak

The Exercise Connection by David Geslak, BS, CSCS
(c) 2009 The Autism File

Teri Arranga

The Science Behind Treatment Strategies: Underlying physiological conditions, biomarkers, and the Defeat Autism Now! approach
by Elizabeth Mumper, MD
(c) 2009 The Autism File

Teri Arranga

Children with Autism ARE TREATABLE by Elizabeth Mumper, MD
(c) The Autism File 2009

Teri Arranga

No Longer Autistic! by Lisa Mize
(c) 2009 The Autism File