You know, it hurts. Yes. You know, no parent out there wants to hear the word autism. It's a scary word. You know, it's a word. You know, people lie about it. People find excuses to come up with other labels, you know, they make it more acceptable by calling it PDD. They make it more acceptable by saying speech delay, do they make it more acceptable by coming up with all these labels.
It's very painful for a parent of a child with this diagnosis, to not understand why they have a normally developing little boy and to then see such a change and regression. You wonder what happened and no one can give you a clear explanation. No one can give you a reason for what has occurred.
I mean, you want to try to keep as much as normal as you can. But when you're out in public and you're out in social situations is very clear. And sometimes becoming the advocate for my son. I've had to be outspoken and let them know. Yes, there is a problem. Yes, he may misbehave because there is a problem. And it's hard to say that, but sometimes you have to.
When I first realized that he did have autism, I felt a lot of guilt. Like a lot of fathers, I didn't spend as much time as I should have with him. And I know looking back on that, that I should have, I spent some time but not as much as I should have, and because I'm a Ph.D. scientist, and really well educated I also felt that I should, should have recognized sooner that my child was having some problems. And so I felt a lot of guilt over that. And that's understandable because you have a child that's not quote, normal.
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