Hi Will and thanks for the input. I will update my profile before the end of the day. I have also started blogging. Look up the blogs and you will see I started a discussion on epigenetics and autism - a little more of a sophisticated conversation about the theoretical causes.
Thanks for your effort - this is a great form that I just heard about yesterday so I'm getting my feet wet ;)
Let me extend to you my personal welcome to our AutismOne Social Network. AutismOne is now the “one-stop-shopping center” for information about autism. We have the annual conference in Chicago, AutismOne radio, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy and now the AutismOne Social Network (and more to come).
I notice that you’ve not made any entries into your profile. Remember, this is a social network. Part of the function of a social network is to meet and interact with others who have common interests. Of course autism is a common interest. But there is more than that. Individuals like to know about a person before becoming a “friend.” That’s where the profile comes in. So whenever you can find the time, please fill in some of the entries of your profile. To do that just click on “My User Menu” next to the Welcome area on the right. From the resulting menu click on “Edit My Profile” and you will be in business.
Helping you interact with others is one of the many things we can do for you. Now here’s something you can do for us. Every new community requires a good hard kick start to get going. We need you to help us with that. Log in on a regular basis and read the blogs and articles then write a blog yourself. It can be on any subject of interest to you, preferably with some relevance to autism but not necessarily. It can be short or long, whatever it takes for you to express your thoughts. If you have a question then ask it in a blog--people read then they respond. If you see something with which you agree or disagree then please add a comment with your thoughts. This is an open community designed to help and support. We like to hear all sides.
I am looking forward to reading your opinions in future blogs and/or articles.
With my best regards
Will Price, CFO
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I am 45 years old as of Sept 1st this year. I have been married to my beautiful wife Jen fro the last nine years. We live in Califon, NJ with our four year old son Emerson the IV (Little Em) and our Keesehond Mugsey. Little Em was diagnosed with autism at 20 months. At the time of his diagnosis he was deaf to my voice and I was irrelevant to his eyes. To embrace my son was like hugging a bag of nails and should I coddle his face to look at me, his eyes would roll to the back of his head.
I soon found my inability to connect with my son overwhelming to me and my marriage. In my research, I found this to be typical of many autistic children and their families. As a matter of fact a father inability to connect with their child is considered the primary reason why they leave and the high 80% divorce rate.
Out of desperation I soon developed specific Trials to elicit affection and proper emotion from Little Em. Soon I was getting independent hugs, kisses and proper family greetings (running up and giving me hugs) All this from a child who two years ago was so uncomfortable with close contact that his eyes would roll white if I got too close. If interested, please visit www.dadsandautism.com for more information. I truly believe this can help salvage marriages and bring out the affectionate loving children from the gray vale of autism.
I am living it.
1.) Wrote the book: Dads And Autism, How To Stay In The Game. 2.) Remained married despite all that autism and this economy has throw at us.
Seeing my son make progress and believing some day I can beat the beast of autism into submission