Christmas 2010

High Functing Autism

People with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome do not have the delayed language development that's typically found in people with autism. In addition, people with high-functioning autism have average or above average intelligence. However, they may show other behaviors and signs similar to what's seen with other types of autism: delay in motor skills lack of skill in interacting with others little understanding of the abstract uses of language, such as humor or give-and-take in a conversation obsessive interest in specific items or information strong reactions to textures, smells, sounds, sights, or other stimuli that others might not even notice, such as a flickering light Unlike people with other forms of autism, people with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome want to be involved with others. They simply don't know how to go about it. They may not be able to understand others' emotions. They may not read facial expressions or body language well. As a result, they may be teased and often feel like social outcasts. The unwanted social isolation can lead to anxiety and depression.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

I love ...

I love my life, my boys and my husband. I have always had an ideal life, starting with two great parents and my wonderful Nana and Pop, 30 something cousins and great friends. Now I feel even though life is harder it is much simpler. God, family and friends come first and eventhough I miss my Nana terribly I know she was excited to go Home to be with God. It is cool that she was a strength in my life and now even in her death there is a peace in me knowing she is with Christ. It gives me chills to think she left us a legacy of love and hospitality. I hope I am 1/10 the woman of God she was. She would pray for us and even when I called her about friends of mine hurting or sick I was positive she would pray for them too. I miss her dearly. Espically now at the Holiday, she loved Christmas and having every single one of us around her on that Christmas day. Pop and her would have been married 60 years this Christmas Eve. She adored him like no one adores another, as did he, her. I was comforted in there secure love for one another. I love my life. I miss my Nana...

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