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Mandy Farmer

Our loved ones with autism who already have anxiety often become even more anxious with the unpredictability and changes the holidays bring.

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"He has autism. New places and new people terrify him. He worries about the unpredictability of a new schedule and a new classroom."

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"He's definitely had to grow up fast and be the bigger person all of the time."

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Coming to terms with my son being different not less was never hard for me. I love him and I accept him for who he is. Coming to terms with our new life being different not less was a lot harder for me.

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"I know you don't understand why it means so much to me that my son has a friend. I know you are happy to play with a boy who is filled with life and laughter. I won't say thank you for being his friend, because I know you like him for him and not to get a pat on the back."

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"We cannot live in fear of the next meltdown, otherwise our children would never experience the world."

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"I wish I had a dime for every time someone told me my son does not look autistic. No, really, I would have a pretty hefty bank account."

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"The dangers of elopement will always be there for many of our families, but getting past our own water anxiety as parents and making a commitment to teach all of our kids to swim can eliminate one risk that is a danger for our families..."

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