A Girl with Autism

How my daughter was diagnosed with autism at 15 months old and what happened next.

I like to think that there was a reason I was pulled so strongly to bring her into the world. That I was meant to be her mom.

12/09 — Charly’s Birth

After my third desperate visit to the pediatrician, her doctor finally sent us to the ER to rule out scary things like meningitis and brain tumors.

Charly is the baby in this pic. We couldn’t get her to look at us and were lucky to get this pic between screams.

He started working later and later to avoid coming home, knowing that when he did, I would essentially throw Charly at him and escape to my bedroom or the bathroom or the backyard for an hour…anywhere I couldn’t hear her.

My older girls missed me and cried in their beds at night, with pillows over their heads to muffle Charly’s screams coming from the next room.

Charly and her big sisters on Easter

Charly spread her arms out, threw her head back…and started laughing.

When he finished, he took off his glasses with a deep sigh, looked me in the eye, and said, “Has anyone talked to you about the possibility that your daughter is autistic?”

This is Charly at 2 years old, engaging in her version of “play”.

Mama, writer, lover, fighter — I wear my heart on my sleeve because my pants pockets are too small. www.ajkaywriter.com

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