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My Autistic Son by Jim Bouder

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Gail
How touching those words are. I have an autistic child who never spoke a word until he was nearly 6 and thanks to sign language he now speaks alittle and how precious it is to hear him speak.
Michelle
This poem touch my husband and I very much. It brought tears to our eyes. Thank-you
Jackie
Thank you. My five year old son, Dominick, is autistic and your poem moved me to tears.
Connie
I could see my 5 year old grandson when he was 4 years old. He is making so much progress. The highlite of my life was the day his Mother called me and said that He finally said to her--I LOVE YOU Mommy. The second one was when they were visting us and he kept following me around and all at once he threw both arms around my waist and said "Big Hug"! Thank you for the poem.
Ian
Jim, I feel exacly like you do with our 8 year old autistic son. He has come a long way and he is ussing lots of words now, but I am still trying to figure out the punch lines of his jokes.
Jenn
Great poem Jim
Tammy
Your poem really touched my heart! I have an Autistic son who is 41/2 and it reminded me of how he has come so far and how hard he has tried. He is my special little man and I am proud of him!
Sandy
My son is autistic and I want to thank you for being able to express how I feel but was never able to put those feelings into words. Your poem is absolutely beautiful and very moving.
Nicki
Jim, as a parent you took me into your world of pain when you described comforting your son when he woke in the night. Then into the world of joy, thankful to be a parent.For whatever trials we are given that joy can never be taken & only riches given.
Mercedes
Had to stop the tears from coming. I went through the same when my son was 4 years of age - mild autism. But, now he's 10 and speaks in simple sentences. Patience is a virtual. Hoping you will also hear your child speak in sentences. Wonderful work!
rachael
what a wonderful poem and how beautiful it is. you really give some insight as to what it is like to have a child with autisim.
LISA
I REALLY AM GLAD YOU TOOK THE TIME TO WRITE THIS ONE DOWN. MY SON IS 4 ALSO SPEAKS QUITE A FEW NOUNS BUT NO SENTENCES.THESE STAGES OF LAUGHING THEY GO THRU IS SO TRUE. THEIR SMILE IS SO TOUNCHING ALWAYS SMILING,MY SON CODY.
denise
yes, this was truly beautiful. very meaningful. i think it does take special people to be able to raise autistic children, because i believe that autistic children are special and gifts from God. great, true love is what matters
TJ
I work with children who have autism. So many times I wish I could just crawl inside their heads and see/feel/hear what their autistic wonderland is like.
little
You are a talented writer! This piece was well crafted with plenty of impact.
Kalyn
My brother is autistic and I am happy to see this poem omn the site. I understand the author's pain. Thank You. Mr. bouder, you have made my day.
Anon
there was the tear in my eyes
aimee
That was the most beautiful poem I think I have ever read. I can't imagine the challenges that having a child with autism would present. The Lord certainly had Faith in you when He gave you such a special gift. He knew that you could mold, and shape, and learn, and love such a special child. May you be truly blessed with continued patience and good fortune throughout your life!!
Christie
This poem really touched me. It reminded me of my own autistic son.The author of this poem really put into words what its like to have a autistic child.
Kit
This was incredibly touching Jim. The love for your wonderful child shines brightly in this beautiful poem.
pua
i really like that poam it was absolutly terriffic keep up the great work it really explians about someone good luck
Kess
The author's love shines through in this ... amazing and touching. Poetically nothing short of perfect, as well ... Good job Jim.
Yvonne
Jim, Jim, I found your poem to be extemely moving and so true to life. A life that I know of only too well-my late sister's.I wrote a poem "Label Me Autistic" which, even viewed in a different perspective certainly compliments yours. Wishing you the best
anne
LOVELY!