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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


"The waterfront.  Beautiful blue skies, or crashing waves.
Just like Jacob." 
Since Jacob was diagnosed with an ASD when he was 5, he's only seen 1 doctor since.  Unfortunately  his doctor, who was great, left for a bigger city to help more people.  But yesterday, we got a call and after a long waiting period, we finally have a new specialist for Jacob.

We've been patiently waiting for a new intake meeting for a while, but with Jacobs poor morning behaviour at school as of late, we were beginning to become anxious.  Our primary concern is that at this point in his life, Jacob may need medication to help him function throughout the day.

I'm sure that lots of people have put their kids on medication with great results, but for us, it's a bit of an apprehension.  But one thing parents of a child with an ASD have to be willing to do is, try anything.  So Shannie and I have decided that should his new doctor think that medication could be beneficial, we'll give it a try.  Even if we try the meds, they're not necessarily permanent.  But if the doctor say that more ABA therapy is better, then we'll have no choice but to immerse ourselves deeper.

All we want is for Jacob to be happy, which is likely what any parent wants.  The scary thing is not having the certainty that we provided our parents in our own childhoods.  I voice in my head sounds like a broken record, but we must remain positive.  Because even before Jacob was born, we promised to do anything to help him.  So that's what we're going to do.


  1. Putting your child on meds can be a scary decision but also very beneficial if it helps. My son started ADD meds in 4th grade and it took 2 years of trying different ones before we got it right. It did help tremendously. He went from rarely reading anything to reading entire Tom Clancy novels in a weekend. HIs grades went up a letter grade. He's 20 and still takes Ritalin as needed for study and focus but not every day.

    1. I'm glad to hear a success story like yours. Meds are a tough topic for us for some reason, but we hope that if we have to use them, that we'll have positive results like your son.

      I think one major concern for me is that our son may have to be on meds for ever, but if they work, we'll have to use them.