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Living With Autistic Children

What I Wish I'd Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

It is my hope, for those of you who may be at the beginning of your journey with an autistic child, that these things might help you avoid some of the many, many mistakes we made and a great deal of unnecessary pain.

Ode to My Daughter

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.13.2013 | Parents
Ariane Zurcher

When you were born, I knew almost nothing about autism. I hadn't taken the idea of independence and remolded it as "autism" yet, only to rework that idea back to its original concept later. I saw you and appreciated you for who I saw you to be: defiant, independent and strong.

Running With Mermaids

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

When Emma showed interest in the mermaid, I had high hopes for Mirabelle's return. Only, it turns out, Emma's mermaid did not hold the same sort of feelings as Mirabelle had for me.

Life With Autism: A Snapshot

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How we managed to get through those middle-of-the-night-awakenings month after month is something I cannot fathom. The combination of screaming in pain and requests for help -- help I am unable to give -- is what breaks my heart.

Living With Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner With President Obama

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I imagined what I would say to you, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity to have dinner with you. I would speak with you about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with autism.