Here at Autism Life Link, we realize that many people are confused about what autism is and how to handle certain situations.
We created this blog to help inform you about autism and how we deal with it day to day with our son, Quay. Browse through our posts to read and share our stories and many others!
When we first got our dog Molly, I figured Quay would just ignore her. At first that was the case. For the first few months, Quay would occasionally be sitting on the couch petting her for a brief minute while Molly would lick his hands. We had no idea it would turn into a bond that could never be broken.
People ask me if I knew then what I know now, do I still think I would have chosen to be Quay's mom. Not many people I know choose to parent a person with Autism. We have been around many people who do it alone, as one person decided they could not handle raising a person with Autism. I, however, had God open the door to two boys, who both needed me. Little did I know that when I decided to follow the pull on my heart that I would find out that I needed them as much as they needed me.
Children between the ages of 1 and 12 need any where from 10 to 14 hours of sleep per day. For children with autism, it can be difficult to get that amount of sleep. Studies estimate that between 40% and 80% of autistic children have difficulty sleeping. These difficulties can include problems falling asleep, inconsistent sleep routines, restlessness or poor quality of sleep, waking up early, or waking up many times.
My name is Greg, and I started Autism Life Link along with my wife Wendy and my good friend John. I’d like this site to be a place where families feel free to share their stories, information, frustrations, and celebrations as they care for a loved one with autism. And since we’re sharing, I’d like to start by telling you about my son, Quay.