Can We Get Rid of Autism?

BY: - 8 Jul '14 | Parenting

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Would you take autism away from your child if you could? This question has been circulating online and every time I read it, I have the same response: Why ask about something that can’t be done? Last time I checked, there was no cure for autism. I do not have the ability to take autism away from my six-year old son, Angel, so asking me this question is pointless and not very helpful. It is what it is.

I prefer to live in a state of reality and not dwell on what ifs. In my reality as a parent, I have accepted that Angel will always have autism, unless someone can figure out a way to rewire his brain.

So where does this reality leave me? It leaves me in a place of perseverance and determination. I will continue to fight, so that Angel gets everything he needs. I want Angel to be able to thrive, function, and grow into an independent young man. Yes he may end up needing support as an adult, but who does not need support?

My life is devoted to creating opportunities for Angel. I am doing everything in my power to ensure that he gets an appropriate education and all the services that he needs. We are working within the confines of his autism diagnosis while also giving him the tools that he needs to breakthrough and defy expectations.

His diagnosis has impacted every area of our lives, and yes, some days are hard, but we are dealing as a family. We have also learned that people are not always kind. Some people have no idea how their words and actions can impact others. However, I take comfort in knowing that my love for my son and my pride for all that he has accomplished outweigh what anyone may think about him.

So until someone can tell me that they have found the cure for autism, please don’t ask me if I would take it away if I could.

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Kpana Kpoto wrote 38 articles on this blog.

Kpana Kpoto, also known as Miz Kp, is a special needs advocate and blogger. She provides resources and support for autism parents through her blog, Sailing Autistic Seas and her support group, Bronx Parents Autism Support Circle. Kpana lives in New York City with her husband and only child, six-year old "Angel" who is conquering autism one milestone at a time.

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4 Reasons to Remember That Our Kids Are Watching Us

BY: - 9 Jul '14 | Parenting

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It’s no secret that our kids are always watching us. They are watching our every move, as parents, whether good or bad. Not only are they watching, they are listening, too! I realized this a few years ago when my, then 4 year old, daughter called me out for abruptly ending a conversation with my husband without saying, “I love you!” Just to let you in on a little secret, we need to be on our best behavior around our kids – particularly how we interact with one another as their parents. Here are 4 reasons why we have to remember our kids are watching us.

We’re their first experience with marriage.

I always said that I want the kind of marriage that makes my kids want to get married. To the contrary, if they always see you fighting or unhappy, then they probably won’t be dying to get married when they become adults. Rightfully so, they won’t have any incentive.

Happiness is contagious.

Kids need food, water, clothing and shelter, but most of all, they need love. When they can see that we love each other, they can see that we’re happy. When we’re happy, our children are happy. Even if your kids are aware that you’ve had an argument with your honey, please also let it be known that this is a normal circumstance for parents to disagree and it’s not the end of the world.

We need to make them feel secure.

If our kids see us unhappy, in a state of discontent or always at odds with our spouses, then they’re prone to feelings of insecurity. Along with those feelings might come anxiety and social issues or even withdrawal. If we appear settled and happy in front of children – individually, as well as a couple, we help them out a whole lot more than we know.

They need to hear the praises.

How many times has your child heard you complain about your spouse? This is why it’s equally as important for them to hear you giving them praises when praises are due. Don’t let your kids only hear you saying negative things about your spouse or the all of the things they do wrong. That’s a lot for your kid to deal with, so use that old rule: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

These are just a few of the reasons, BMWK, can you think of any more?

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Sheree Adams wrote 117 articles on this blog.

Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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