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#1 Mozzy

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 02:38 PM

A reintroduction thread for those of us who have wandered off and come back, been glued to Facebook and have had to take time away but want to return. So we can all get to know each other again.

 

So I'll kick the party off...

 

I'm Mozzy, early 30's and I have autism. I've been a member of this forum for 9 maybe 10 years now!! And it's my second home LOL.

 

My autism was diagnosed early, pre-school age and I was non-verbal for a good few years. But I now work (voluntary supported work placement) and live semi-independently in my own home with support workers coming in most days and supporting me to access the community.

 

The most important thing is I'M HAPPY! Life has had many many up's and down's, too many!! But right now things are good.

 

I look forward to meeting new people here and 're-meeting' old friends on here again


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 02:46 PM

I am Pixiedust. I have 3 children. 2 are diagnosed with ASD. Both also have HMS and our boy has Tourettes and OCD. Our daughter attends special school and is very happy there and our son is out of school at the moment. I found the forum when our daughter was 5 and learnt so much from it. It was my lifeline. I will try to be more active here now I know how to sign in again!

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 03:04 PM

Thanks for starting the thread Mozzy and glad to hear you are doing well!

 

I have 2 boys. Sam is dx ASD and is now 9 years old. I joined ASDFriendly when he was undergoing dx and found it brilliant. He was diagnosed just before he turned 4, he's non verbal, severe with learning disabilities. 

 

His little brother is William, now aged 6. William is NT. Mostly. 

 

We seem to be going through a good patch at the moment <touch wood> and although Sam's communication hasn't particularly moved on much in the last few years he has become very interactive, interested in everything and affectionate. Look forward to coming back to chat with you all again. 



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 03:56 PM

We're still here 13 years later... Kids are now old! T is 18 (and having a gap year), B is 16 (our only ASD child and the reason the forum exists) and H is 13. 

 

Currently filling in PIP to hopefully transfer Higher DLA and Mobility into something that will help provide 24/7 support and care for B as an adult. Also beginning the transition to adult services, which appears to be a minefield. He's in special school and will stay there until he's 19, so that's one thing that's stable at the moment!

 

Might start a PIP thread tomorrow, but need a lot of plonk first...



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 04:01 PM

Hello I'm HUW 

1 beautiful ASD boy now in secondary and 2 gorgeous NT girls x

Been through the mill and came out patchwork ! Not quite in one piece  - but fixed up !  ;)


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Hate rain, drivers who won't let you out of a junction,  and when I dye a hot white wash with that dastardly red tea-towel that hid itself on purpose!



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 05:01 PM

Hi I'm Squizzle

I have a now 14 yo dx'd with Asperger's. I joined when he was being bullied by a neighbour's son. My son retaliated and the mother was threatening me with getting him excluded from school. He is in the Communication unit at m/s secondary but access a full m/s timetable with support in some classes.

We are doing OK just the odd niggles every now and again with school.

I have a 20 yo dyspraxic with Asperger's traits in college and 17 yo dyslexic who is due to leave school next month and wants to study childcare with a view to working with ASN children.

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 06:18 PM

Well I never left.

I still check in every day or so to do the housekeeping, approve new accounts, shoot spammers, install IP blocks to Eastern European countries I've never heard of but appear to have thriving porn industries, and install software updates.

Speaking of which, there's another one that I need to sort out...

I've been climbing into MissMac's bed every night for decades now, and she still hasn't smothered me with a pillow or reported me to the police - so I'm obviously doing something right.
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 07:40 PM

Hi I am Prosecco Queen - I like Prosecco :D

I have T who is now 18 with ASD, ODD, ADHD,depression and agoraphobia diagnosis ..... I also have A my NT daughter , and now also a grandson F of 6 months (when did I get so old !!)

T is now in his own flat following his 5th failed placement. It has been a roller coaster. Transition to adult services and mental capacity assessment complicated ,... Social care trying to take the easiest way out.... Transition to PIP surprisingly OK as was claiming ESA.

In lots of ways he is doing well and some days is happy. Other days are harder - many stories to tell... I feel like I am back learning a new system again but one with fewer routes to challenge the professionals ...

Will be good to be able to share some stuff on here where it feels a bit more anonymous ....
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 07:53 PM

Hi I'm Pipistrelle, my dd is Lil Bat ( info below) now entering the teens kicking and screaming ( not sure if that's her or me ).
Been a while since I've been on here and it's changed shape so will need to find my way around. Also forgotten everyone's ASDF names, sleep deprivation doesn't help memory!

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 08:14 PM

I`m cial, it`s never very quiet in our house, son Daughter and hubby all have Asperger`s. All have their  own abilities and difficulties. its been hard when they were at school, not much support at all from them. DS and DD are now 23 and 25.

Our son won best Scottish beauty blogger 2 years ago. All self taught. he`s now in his second year of hairdressing and has a placement in a salon once a week.

Our Daughter has difficulties with anxiety. I`m not well at the moment, on the transplant list and i think  she worries a lot about me being on my own during the day. i keep myself occupied with designing personalised mugs and T=shirts. watching Ice hockey also keeps me going.



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 08:30 PM

This is like old times
I have a 17 yr old with ASD which is the reason I found this forum when he was just 11 yrs old, we have three failed specialist placements behind us which resulted last year with him being admitted to mental health hospital, seemed very dire at the time but we have come out the other side, he is back home and we are busy trying to find a new placement which is totally vocational as his very high level of anxiety and aversion to his peers makes it impossible for him to be in a formal educational setting. He's very violent and history of many suicide attempts so not many places prepared to accept him.

I have two much older NT children. My DD has got married and given me the most beautiful grandson all within the last couple of years . My eldest son is also settled with a lovely girl.

I also have a couple of cats ,one is physically deformed but does not realise it so does almost everything a normal cat does including fighting so he is at the moment confined to a couple of rooms while his hind leg which did not work well before recovers enough to allow him to jump again. This cat decided I was the mug he would attach himself too when he first entered our family so guess who is sat on the floor next to him writing this post , if I don't sit with him regularly throughout the day he head butts the door so I get the message.

Last but not least - a husband who is very much on the spectrum so when him and J get onto a topic they both enjoy my eye's glaze over, how can two people speak with so much intensity - all in monotone .

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 09:16 PM

It's so nice to see you all posting :)


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 10:19 PM

*waves*

 

So I was diagnosed with Aspergers at 15. 

 

I graduated from University with a BSc in Applied Marine Biology in 2013 after 9 years that was spent with severe anxiety (and depression).  But still struggle with anxiety. I am also now doing a second degree with the OU. 

 

I have also moved last summer after trying to run away from my flat for a couple of years.  So in addition to my piggies (only three - a three year old and two one year olds) I am getting a dog later this year.   I have also moved closer to my mum and see her most days. 

 

I still love the football. I also like going to the cinema. And the occasional Ice Hockey match. I also love winding mum up watching Pointless.

 



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:10 AM

Hello again everyone

My son is now 17 and is at a specialist residential school, boarding term time. It's his second residential school as we had to move from his first after an awful time, thankfully life is much better for him now. I feel like I've got my happy, funny, rascal of a boy back.

We are in the middle of transition to adult services which has been difficult, but we are fighting our way through it. Finding just the right place for this young man is proving a real challenge.

We went through the Scottish Guardianship process for him last year, so now officially have responsibility for his welfare and finances. We've also had the transfer to PIP, which was suprisingly easy.

Life has been eventful for the past few years, so no change there. I think it'll always be that way for me, being mother to a complete chancer of considerable talent!

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:58 AM

Woo hoo love this.

 

Hi I am Miami Girl, been on here for nearly 7 years now.

 

Found this site by accident, when autism was mentioned for Littlun, he was 3 when I found this site and got his dx of Severe Autism all in under 5 months.

 

He is coming up for 10 and totally amazing and a very different little boy to the one that got the dx.

 

He was pretty much non verbal not clean and all the rest of it, he is now talking the hind legs off a donkey (If its something that he is interested in) moved along the spectrum and for the past 5 years Thomas mad lol.

 

I also have 5 other children the eldest is coming up for 24 and a Mum, working, then as most of you know I have my wonderful gorgeous Jade, who has a now 4 yes 4 year old Esmé, we went through horrendous time when we lost Henry when she was 6 months pregnant, and this site saved me and got me through it.

 

She is about to finish her 3rd and final year in uni to be a sn teacher, and in September she will start her post grad, she is also married now and works too.

 

My eldest ds is 20 now.

 

My youngest dd will be 16 this year and is a straight A student, does all the sports at school and is a Maths mentour prefect and all the rest of it.

 

C who has gdd, is now 11 and is in the same sn school as Littlun, he is due to go to secondary this September and supposed to change schools as once you get to secondary the boys school is adhd and/or autism specific.

 

He is thriving there and they take all manner of needs up until then, so I took on county with schools back up, and I won, he can stay.

 

We now have 4 alaskan malamutes which gives me something non sn to focus on and get out to go on walks with them.





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