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Guardianship Process for Autistic Son

My son will be turning 18 in March.  I can’t believe how fast time has gone by.  Now that he will be considered legally an adult, I have a whole new set of rules/laws to learn.  I have to figure out what he is going to do after he graduates from high school.  He can continue to go for another 3 years, but he doesn’t want to.  Before I can make any decisions, I have to get appointed as his guardian.  The whole guardianship process scared me, at first, but it’s actually turning out easier than I thought.

Once I got over the shock of the amount of paperwork I had to fill out, everything slid into place.  I filled it out, and filed it with the Clerk at the courthouse.  She arranged for a court appointed lawyer to represent my son, and scheduled a hearing to determine competency and guardianship.  I’ve had a meeting with the attorney, with my husband and son.  He wanted documents concerning my son’s ability to take care of himself.  That wasn’t a problem, since I keep copies of everything.  He had a few questions, which were easy to answer.  He talked to my son, a nice one-way conversation.  My son is still completely non-verbal, and doesn’t like to use his communication device to talk to strangers.

Our court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2, and shouldn’t take too long.  I hope.  I think the hardest part of this has been the fact that someone else has the final say on what is good for my son.  It’s scary.  I’ll feel a lot better once this is done.

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What’s not to love about Halloween? Costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating and candy. Yet for children with autism, joining in on the holiday fun can present some challenges for kids and their parents—e.g. getting into costume, knocking on the doors of strangers, eating too much candy, etc.

 

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6 Tips to Choose the Right Pediatrician for Your Baby

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