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About autism45

I am the mother of a fifty-nine year old autistic son. My blog, autism45, contains journals, poems, pictures, photography, letters, and other writings and insights pertaining to autism and the spiritual growth we (my husband and I) have experienced from it all. I hope you will visit my blog, and benefit from all I have shared...all that has happened through the years. Take your time, and come back again and again. God bless you and yours!

BEN GOES TO HIS PROM–By: Carole Norman Scott-September 7th, 2021


This is a picture of Ben dressed up to go to his “Prom.” They said he was smiling and moving to the music! They had 4 different proms so there wouldn’t be so many at any one (because of restrictions … Continue reading

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After Covid restrictions, we FINALLY got to have a sweet visit with Ben—By: Carole Norman Scott—September 5, 2021–Pictures below the text!


Our visit with Ben after all the Covid restrictions. Being able to take him out for “treats” like /e used to–his reactions. SO good to see him! Continue reading

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The Telephone Call Of A Lifetime–(from my journal) By: Carole Norman Scott 6-5-21


We had a strange and wonderful thing happen this evening. When we got home from an outing, we noticed we had a message on our phone. It was from Ben’s living facility, so I called them right back. They said … Continue reading

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THE REALITIES OF AUTISM–By Carole Norman Scott–5-15-21


I am sitting at my computer…feeling I must write something about Autism as it stands today in our lives, but I want to be encouraging, yet tell the truth.  So, please bear with me as I attempt to share my … Continue reading

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Article in Arkansas Democrat Gazette about how the Covid 19 has affected parent’s visits with their developmentally disabled children this past year! Carole Norman Scott


Today (March 08), the Arkansas Democrat Gazette printed this article about the Human Development Centers in Arkansas (our autistic son, Ben, lives in the Conway unit). It tells how parents are feeling about not getting to bring their developmentally challenged … Continue reading

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A ZOOM MEETING WITH BEN–DEC. 18th, 2020 By: Carole Norman Scott


My husband and I had a Zoom meeting with Ben on Friday, December 18th, 2020. It was our second one, but this time we really wondered how it would go because we had gone to see him in person on … Continue reading

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Ben Diagnosed with Covid-19, 7/23/20 By: Carole Norman Scott


We got the dreaded phone call yesterday telling us that our son, Ben, had been diagnosed with a positive Covid-19 virus test.  He lives in a large facility which has many different housing units (called cottages).  Ben’s unit houses 30 … Continue reading

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How the Covid-19 Pandemic Affects Us Visiting Our Son, Ben


By: Carole Norman Scott We usually visit Ben about every three months (since we’re both almost 82 and we live 4 hours from him).  April would be our next target date.  With this virus, and the “Shelter in place” orders, … Continue reading

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GOOD NEWS—Another Visit With Ben After All! By: Carole Norman Scott–(Read previous “Everything Changes”)


    Because of Ben’s behavior episode at Christmas, we’ve had six months of wondering how and when we would ever be able to see him again.  SO, we made a change in our way of doing things, and went … Continue reading

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Describing Ben’s Living Facility To A Friend–By: Carole Norman Scott


In April of 2001, I was describing Ben’s Living Facility to a friend who lives in St. Louis and had never seen the place I was talking about.  Here is what I had to say, and I STILL feel this … Continue reading

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