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Parents of special kids... Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26899 posts
3rd May '13

Do you ever startle yourself regarding your other kids? My oldest has autism and I always worry about my other 2.
When I'm cleaning up and notice my 2 yo has his legos stacked according to color or has his cars lined up and sorted by color or starts toe walking/flapping..
When I noticed my 7 week old prefers to be in his rocker, not in my arms.

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13935 posts
3rd May '13

I'm not a parent of a special needs kid, but I'm a sibling of one.
My mom said they always wondered if I would be like my sister but when I was born I was so different, they knew I wasn't.



But with my kids I'm constantly observing them for abnormal behaviors or something. I over analyze everything. I just don't want to miss something, I know how important early intervention is.

Ronnie RadKat 4 kids; Arizona 22168 posts
3rd May '13

i have a brother with CP and he is the only male child in our family. When I was pregnant with my older son I used to worry constantly that he would have issues like my brother (even though CP is no genetic ect).
My older son actually ended up having ADD/ OCD and likely aspergers.
When my youngest was born I constantly worried about him not looking at me or smiling, eventually he did and he seems developmentally normal now.

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 124614 posts
status 3rd May '13

Yes, but only with 1 think so far. My 11 month old will get on his hands and knees and rock back and forth when he is abruptly woken up or trying to fall back asleep. He is excelling and meeting his other milestones so I'm trying not to give it any more thought.



My 5 year old with autism has done that since 6 months old.

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
3rd May '13

My daughter has Turner Syndrome and non-verbal learning disability, which closely resembles autism and is often misdiagnosed as such, as well as multiple organ defects. When I had my next child was born, I was terrified of everything...if he was constipated, I worried about his bowel function and pancreas, if he was sweaty when he was eating, I worried about his heart, etc etc etc...and eventually, I learned to just let go step back. He was - and still is - a perfectly healthy child. He's got a predisposition to febrile seizures, but other than that, he's barely had a cold in his life. Their personalities have been different from day one though....NVLD was one thing I've never worried about with him lol

Kait. [plus 2] 2 kids; Oregon 588 posts
3rd May '13

I dont necessarily worry about my older son, since he has been fine since birth, but after going through all we have with out baby, I can't imagine NOT freaking out if we ever had another one. Ivwould be CONSTANTLY watching for things. And I would probably stress horribly my whole pregnancy

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
3rd May '13

well my last child was my special needs kid, but yes im terrified to have another one. so likely im done with him, even tho i feel the need to have one more.

Mommy of a giggler! 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 9017 posts
3rd May '13

Yep, I second guessed everything. Then I took a step back and thought "Why am I worrying? We have therapists in and out of here ALL THE TIME. IF there was something wrong, they would have already said something to me."



And of course, they didn't, because he was fine - it was just the filter I use to look at the world seeing autism around every bend.

.bread.head. 1 child; Nevada 2482 posts
5th May '13
Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:" Do you ever startle yourself regarding your other kids? My oldest has autism and I always worry about ... [snip!] ... and sorted by color or starts toe walking/flapping.. When I noticed my 7 week old prefers to be in his rocker, not in my arms."


my daughter has autism and i think one of the reasons im not going to have another child is because i know i will be paranoid and over analyze everything.