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Susan Senator – All happy families are not alike… Susan Senator…All happy families are not alike…

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Blog - Susan Senator – All happy families are not alike… Susan Senator…All happy families are not alike…


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My oldest son Nat, 23, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three in January 1993. At the time we were told that autism is incurable and that the right educational approach would make all the difference. I still believe both and as a result we changed Nat's education programs six times, searching for the best fit. At 11, he found his place at a vocational school. He will probably never go to college or get married but he did have his first playdate when he was 15, he learned how to play on a basketball team when he was 18, and he currently exerts a lot of independence in his own house (with three other similar roommates and staff). He works at a supermarket three days a week, and earns enough to pay for some of his own job coach. He uses Facebook to communicate with friends and family. So I have learned that with autism, never say "never".

Get to know me:

Susan Senator has three sons. Her oldest, Nat, 21, has severe autism. She’s been chronicling her experiences with Nat since 2005, making hers one of the oldest autism blogs around and, therefore, a particularly valuable resource for anyone wondering how autism changes as kids get older. “My experiences with autism have run the gamut…an entire spectrum’s worth of changes in viewpoint”,she writes. And because she has documented her experiences, readers benefit from her acquired wisdom “We are still, as a family, a work in progress. Sometimes we have it down; sometimes we are lost again. But one thing we are is a strong family, not defined by autism, but greatly affected by it, negatively and positively. Tolstoy was not right that all happy families are alike”. The message: Having a severely autistic child and having a happy family are not mutually exclusive.

 

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