Tһіѕ slideshow іѕ dedicated tο ουr son Connor, wһο іѕ autistic. Wе first suspected a problem аt 16-18 months, bυt didn’t push fοr therapuetic intervention until age 2. At 30 months, wе enrolled һіm іחtο a private ABA school, аחԁ supplemented wіtһ private tutoring аחԁ speech. Hе tһеח entered tһе local school district’s special needs preschool. Connor іѕ now іח a private ABA program. Hе goes tο school 5 days a week (5 hours a day). Wе still supplement wіtһ private therapy. Wе′ve tried tһе gluten/caseine-free diet without success. Connor turned 3 іח Mау 2008 аחԁ іѕ essentially nonverbal аחԁ non-social. Minimal eye-contact. Hе Ɩіkеѕ tο spin himself аחԁ flap һіѕ arms. Fortunately, һе іѕ a һарру, silly ƖіttƖе boy. Hе′s ουr angel. Sοmе angels јυѕt need һеƖр tο fƖу.

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25 Responses to “Autism Angel”
  1. markkremser says:

    Thank you for the kind words aout Connor.. But I think you were missing the point of the video. We celebrate our son each and every day.

  2. chyaaitschanel says:

    First off,
    your boy is beautiful & It bugs me when you say ” we did not plan to our son to have autism ” well, um, obviously.
    But still, he’s the cutest boy i’ve EVER seen & you guys better start using your words correctly because your son is gorgeous & too be honest, you guys are blessed to have him.

  3. Piper227 says:

    I love this song! Where did you get it? What is it called?

  4. tomtogirl says:

    I have a brother called Connor with autism

  5. barker262 says:

    We are lucky enough to have our state schools funded for ‘special needs’ students, and our private schools get government assistance as well. If Xavier cannot cope with mainstream school, there is a special school in town. We will send him there. that is funded as well. I am feeling so frustrated for you. I wish i could knock on those legislators doors and tell them what other countries provide, and shame them into action. Good luck with your campaign. Keep pushing for better funding.

  6. barker262 says:

    I think there needs to be an overhaul of the US health system. Federal and state governments need to provide publicly funded hospitals and services. You shouldn’t have to rely on your health insurance to cover a ‘disability’. Keep up the good work. Keep the pressure on the politicians to provide decent health services for all. You are doing a fantastic job. It’s not easy to care for a child with Autism. I know, and our litle Xavier is semi-verbal, but – the echolia!!! Once again, lovely video

  7. markkremser says:

    Believe me, we are trying. I have forwarded my videos “Autism Angel” and “World” to state and local representatives and media, several of whom have spent time discussing the autism epidemic with me. Autism Speaks has an arm active in pushing through legislation to provide necessary care for our children. Many states have, in fact, passed laws requiring insurance carriers to cover autistic interventions. Unfortunately, Ohio is not yet one of them.

  8. barker262 says:

    Please get your state or federal governments to overhaul your health system. A child’s ‘disability’ should not be a financial strain on a family. We have no private health cover, and we are receiving these services, b/c in Australia, we have a well funded government health system. I feel so sorry for you, not having easy access to funded care for your beautiful son. Please, to whom do I write to let them know the travisty of not providing support to families who really require it.

  9. barker262 says:

    We also have our litle man enrolled at the local Catholic school. He begins kindergarten next year. In WA, the primary schools start in kindy. He will have a teachers aid, funded by the Federal Government. His early intervention will be kept up as well. We are awaiting an offical diagnosis from disability services. We will receive more therapy sessions each week, if diagnosed with Autism, rather than PDD-NOS. Also,we can claim any out-of-pocket medical expenses over $1,500 on our tax return.

  10. barker262 says:

    Beautiful video. Cannot believe you have to have private therapies. We are lucky enough here to have our speech, OT and pedeatric physio on Medicare. It’s all free, Government paid. We started in private speech, while on the waiting list for the Government system. We live in a regional area (400km) from our capital city. The local hospital provides all the early intervention, with fantastic services. Our little 3&1/2 year old son – Xavier – is progressing well.

  11. markkremser says:

    Thank you. Please feel free to share the video with friends and classmates. Also, please watch my new slideshow “World”

  12. markkremser says:

    Thank you for your kind words. But I must correct you. We’re just ordinary parents blessed with extraordinary children. And teachers, therapists, etc. Good luck in your studies. And please tell your classmates that there are thousands of families that need their help.

  13. saira524 says:

    God Bless your family! You guys are truely great parents and I want to thank you for sharing this with everyone. I am currently a college student, but hope to enter the occupational therapy field one day =)

  14. saira524 says:

    God bless you and your family!! I am currently a college student and am really interested in becoming an OT. Thank you for sharing =)

  15. paulbeel says:

    You’ve a beautiful family, Mark. Congratulations. And it took alot of guts and heart to make this video. I’m sure you’re both great parents.

  16. Jaime2830 says:

    Your words are my own, thank you for sharing.

  17. merryerin7 says:

    you’ve bought tears to my eyes – thanks for sharing your family and you’re beautiful son – our son will be turning 5 in August and is on the spectrum and like you, we love him for who he is! well done!

  18. alepazzi says:

    our family are very similar, we have a girl of 5 and a boy of 4, our son has autism… next september he will start aba therapy (for the first time in italy). we understand you, lot of love for you =)

  19. cdaddino says:

    beautiful boy! I’ve written the letters and cried the tears, just wishing there was something MORE to help our kids.

  20. kristie78 says:

    What a great video, your Connor is just the cutest little boy. I love the song, who is singing it? Keep fighting the good fight against Autism….

  21. nyegem says:

    That was absoulutely beautiful. What beautiful children you have. You are blessed.

    I was shocked to learn that none or the unreimbursed medical is not tax deductiable. Who do I write?

  22. markkremser says:

    Thank you for your kind words.

  23. loskierko says:

    he’s so adorable. I couldn’t help but smile and cry while watching this video. It was put together so well and with meaning. I want to learn about autism as much as i can. Good luck with everything in the future and God bless you.

  24. Danacrumb says:

    Thank you so much! Silas has been in early intervention since he was 13 months. He gets OT twice a week and Speech three times a week. and he transitioned to the special education preschool at 3.
    Silas would say a word here and there, but around 3 he had a little burst of words..he is putting two words together, but any more than two words and it turns to gibberish and really hard to understand.
    we are being tossed back and forth right now between docs. i will write a message :)

  25. markkremser says:

    Thank you. And good luck with your son.

    At the risk of being presumptuous, don’t wait to start seeking therapeutic interventions (i.e. speech, etc.) until you receive “the diagnosis.” I wish we would have started earlier, when we first suspected a problem. We started speech last summer, and more intensive therapy last November. And Connor is still essentially nonverbal at 35 months. Get as much help as you can as early as you can.

    Good luck and god bless.

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