I have 2 kids on the spectrum. My son is 17 and has AS and ADHD and my youngest daughter who has PDD- NOS.
My son was so difficult when he was a little boy, it's hard to describe how bad it was. It was very hard being his mom back then. Now it's seems easy, he has made so much progress. He's like I different kid. He has friends, is doing very well in school and is working on becoming an eagle scout.
With his little sister I feel like I'm at square one again. She is no where near as bad as he was, and having done all this before some things come easier. Like the funny looks people give my kid in Walmart don't bother me any more. It's her melt downs I can't seem to cope with. Some times they are short only 30 minutes of whining and crying and sometimes screaming. She just finished a 2 hour bout and I am so burnt out. I lost my temper and yelled at her after about 90 minutes. I try not to loose my cool but lately she has been getting worse and so have I. I am so tired of dealing with autism. I'm sick trying to be patient and understanding.
I know things will get better in the long run, I am just sick of running.