A friend of mine recently – as in this morning – pointed me toward an article about Asperger’s Syndrome, written by a terrified mother.
As she warned, it wasn’t one of those good articles. It was a scary one full of desperation and misunderstanding.
There’s a lot to learn and a lot to cope with when first hit by that cataclysmic diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s confusing, demoralizing, scary, and expensive. And of course we blame ourselves right off the bat for everything under the sun from not catching it earlier (and starting therapy sooner) to poor parenting.
But the truth is your child is lucky to have you, if you are caring enough to seek help and find solutions.
Here are some (hopefully) helpful links to parents of the newly diagnosed. If you have any questions or need encouragement, feel free to send me a comment (mark it as private and it won’t be shared), and I’ll do my best.
Remember, Asperger’s Syndrome is not the end of the world. Far from it. It has a number of positives, and creates truly unique, interesting people.
A Syndrome For Success (Newspaper article – also in Recommended Reading list)
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