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What Does ASD Mean, Mom?

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I had just walked in the door and quickly went in to kiss my sleeping 9 year old “goodnight.” She had drifted off to sleep, curled up next to a copy of the book I had just written. She was especially proud of ‘her’ book because, she was after all, on the cover.

As I crept back out of her room, she called out to me. When I curled up in bed with her, I asked her if she had fallen asleep reading her book. I asked somewhat amusingly because she had progressed from a kindergarten to 2nd grade reading level in the past year, and the book was an adult level book on autism.

Surprisingly, she nodded her head and said that she had read two pages and not the easy copyright or dedication pages. She then proceeded to tell me that they were about, “being different.” She was right. Then she looked at me and said, “What does ASD mean, mom?” I responded, “Autism Spectrum Disorder,” and pointed out each letter. She perked up and said, “I do not have a disorder,” in her 9 year old voice.

I had to laugh. I did not even know she knew what “disorder'” meant. I simply chuckled and said, “No, no dear. You do not.”

– Becky Cash, author of Healing Autism Naturally

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