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A father's sentiments on Autism

Updated on January 29, 2015

Matty and his family

Matty and dad at Montauk Point
Matty and dad at Montauk Point
Matty and his mom at Montauk Point
Matty and his mom at Montauk Point
Matty writing
Matty writing
Matty in the snow
Matty in the snow
Matty and mom at an amusement park ( I think Hershey Park in Pa)
Matty and mom at an amusement park ( I think Hershey Park in Pa)
Matty and his grandma (Mommy's mom)
Matty and his grandma (Mommy's mom)
Matty and mom on carousel
Matty and mom on carousel
Matty at park
Matty at park
Matty at Montauk point
Matty at Montauk point
Matty and mom
Matty and mom
Matty and dad
Matty and dad
Matty celebrating a birthday
Matty celebrating a birthday
Matty and Grandma at Montauk point
Matty and Grandma at Montauk point
Matty celebrating birthday
Matty celebrating birthday
Matty and cousin Kathryn
Matty and cousin Kathryn
Matty and dad visit a house at Christmas where they go all out decorating.
Matty and dad visit a house at Christmas where they go all out decorating.
Matty and family on his birthday
Matty and family on his birthday
Matty and family celebrating mommy's birthday
Matty and family celebrating mommy's birthday
Matty pouting
Matty pouting
Me today just trying to be true to myself (struggled since age 4) and happy but still my son's dad and advocate.
Me today just trying to be true to myself (struggled since age 4) and happy but still my son's dad and advocate.

Emily cries for her son and hopes he gets better real soon

Dedicated to my son

The life we live is based on so many factors and influences that shape us and help form our views, opinions and approach to how we live our life and how we conduct ourselves.

I find writing is a very important outlet and it helps me stay focused and directed in my life and it helps me to realize what is most important. Having a son on the autistic spectrum I try to always be there to help him and guide him properly. It seems that sometimes we get caught up in our busy lives that we on occasion lose sight of our true priorities. Having a special needs son does require a great deal of empathy and sensitivity on my part. It also requires a lot of patience and the ability to apportion my time so I am listening to him and providing him with assurance and helping to build his self esteem.

It is my dream that my son will find the inner strength to challenge himself to be his very best and the wisdom to know that he is special and very gifted and that he can do anything he sets his mind to. All those special times spent with very special people in his life hopefully will help him realize how much he is loved and cared for and that he is always our number one priority.

It is my sincere hope that I will always have the privilege of being there for my son and that he will always know that he can count on my wife and I throughout his life.

It is my wish that my son will grow up and have every opportunity he deserves and that he will always know he has great potential and ability and can live a life of great promise and wonder. I want my son to know he does not have to feel alone and different. I want him to realize how great a friend he can be and how very special he truly is.

I pray for my son that things will get a little bit easier for him each and everyday and that he should never get discouraged. He should know that he has us in his life and that we will always be by his side.

I wish to share a piece I wrote on my blog titled:

"A dream, A hope, A wish, A prayer, A life and Autism"

http://edwardi.blogspot.com/2010/08/dream-hope-wish-prayer-life-and-autism.html

Edward D. Iannielli III

My son, my inspiration

My son on Harley at Hershey PA

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    • DrGaneshPaudel profile image

      Smiling Mirror 

      4 years ago from Lanzhou, China

      I love the truth in your words. We all are here for a purpose and I wish our purposes be fulfilled. May the angels guide always. Wishes to you and your family..

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      Mary Kelly Godley 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you too.

    • ediann profile imageAUTHOR

      ediann 

      5 years ago

      Thank you thewritingowl for your comment and for sharing our story. I have to hold on to hope for my son but also need to work with my wife to be proactive in getting him on track. i wish you and your son my very best!

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      Mary Kelly Godley 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Ediann, I share your hopes too for my autistic son. It is a challenging life definitely but never dull. Everyday I am still learning. Thanks for sharing your story. Voted up. Have shared of my Facebook and Twitter as well.

    • ediann profile imageAUTHOR

      ediann 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Portuguese love, I am very lucky to have both my wife and son in my life. Our son has taught us many things and having the support of my wife has been a great help. Family, friends and dedicated professionals, doctors and teachers have really made a difference too. We are truly blessed.

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      maria fernandes 

      6 years ago from Figueira da Foz Portugal

      Hi Ediann! Touching article you wrote. Your son is beautiful. I know a little kid that has autism too and a friend's son, that's a man, now, has autism too. As she could not find many help to deal with the situation she founded an institution to help families. I know that autism is very hard on the families, my guess is that you are very brave and i wish the best for your kid and your family.

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