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    Posted April 2, 2012 by
    niskayuna, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life with autism: Share your story

    my life with autism


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mummysam is an artist with autism and her son has Asperger's Syndrome.

    She says she often finds herself wearing two different hats at once -- that of a person with autism, and the mother of a person with autism:

    'Sometimes the marriage of the two works beautifully, and at other times one hat can be forgotten for the other. A funny story to explain this: My son prefers to wear the same pants days in a row. When trying to get him ready for school, the "mom hat" takes over and gets really frustrated that he won't put on any of the umpteen other options of pants he has available to him. The clock is ticking to make the bus, and my frustrations over the battle grow. He then simply looks up at me and says "How can you tell me to wear the same pants, when you have worn that sweater everyday since you bought it?" I look at myself and quickly respond, "because it's the only sweater that's comfortable" (even with the umpteen options of sweaters I have available to myself). In that second the "autistic hat" comes back on and I get it. I put both my hats together and we come up with a compromise (as I struggle to put on a different sweater).'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I am an artist under the name of mummysam. I visually document my daily life from not only someone who has autism herself, but also as mother to a wonderful young boys with Aspergers.
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