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    Posted April 3, 2012 by
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    Severe Autism: Tender Moments

     

    Behaviors that accompany severe autism are not usually described as tender. I know this because I am a mother of a 6 year old, severely autistic boy named Sammy.  He has never said his name and he still wears diapers.

     

    Deep in my son's heart there is plenty of love; it's just that it isn't always expressed in a gentle way. He has to control impulses like biting his hand or hitting the person he is touching. Sammy seemed to be putting forth great effort when softly touching his little brother Joshua's hand. The love between my boys is genuine and deep. In many ways, they are just brothers, and during tender moments like these, I do not see autism.

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