Receiving an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

Pastor Jimmy Bartz talks about receiving an autism diagnosis for his son
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Receiving an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

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How did I deal with my child's Autism diagnosis? Very slowly. I remember like it was yesterday the first day we received that news, that our son, Jas, was in fact Autistic and dealing with this genetic disorder that causes Autism called Fragile X Syndrome. For a long period of time, I was in the state of denial, not that he was Autistic, or that he had special needs, because we had already faced of some level of his disability in our day to day lives as parents. But the flood of information that comes when you receive a diagnosis like Autism Spectrum Disorder is not something that you necessarily need to engage in my opinion as a parent right away. There's time. There's plenty of time to engage with the consequences of a diagnosis like that. But you do need to give yourself some space as a parent to grieve what you've just learned about your child and to reset and to readjust so that you can fully love your child just for who he or she is.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz talks about receiving an autism diagnosis for his son

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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