Posts Tagged "Asperger’s Syndrome"

My Son is Weird. Is That True?

Posted on Oct 1, 2012

How many of us think that our kids are weird?  Let’s just put it out there.  We may snicker at this statement, nodding our heads up and down…oh yeah, he’s weird all right. And then the sadness sets in.  He really is kind of weird.  He doesn’t seem to fit in with most other kids.  He/she has some odd behaviors. He/she says things that don’t seem to make sense to others, or rambles on and on about something that no one seems to care about. He/she can be annoying. You often can’t understand what the heck is going on that brain of theirs. If any of you have a child on the spectrum, or with any kind of ‘diagnosis’…or maybe even just a child who seems on the outside fringe of things–chances are you’ve had that thought.  You may laugh at it, put a positive spin on it–“Oh yay, my child is weird! Glad he’s not like everyone else!” And to a certain extent, that feels true.  But deep down, you still worry.  Even if you celebrate his/her weirdness, you know that most of the world won’t. There may be a few of you out there that don’t feel that way at all. You are completely at peace with...

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They Will Figure it Out. And So Will You.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

Aaack, I’ve been nervous about my Sullivan starting middle school.  I will admit that mostly I’ve been feeling like everything will work out, he’ll figure it out eventually….but as the first day approached I found myself starting to wonder how in the world he was really going to do just that. As I’ve mentioned before, Sullivan has Asperger’s Syndrome, so with this comes some unique challenges.  Every single child with this diagnosis has a different level of challenge, as each child with Asperger’s is like….a child with Asperger’s.  I think it’s safe to say that most kids who deal with this deal with some level of awkwardness, be it social, physical, or both…and one of Sullivan’s big areas of improvement would be his organizational skills.  I can’t tell you how many times I have to tell him to do something over and over, only to have it forgotten.  At school last year, things didn’t get written in the planner.  If they did, he often had no clue what it was that he had written about.  He constantly had to be wrangled about getting to business in the mornings, or he would get distracted by a book on the classroom bookshelf and never get around to putting his homework in...

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Have You Bragged Lately?

Posted on Aug 12, 2012

Today I must brag about my parenting. It’s not very often that I feel like I can do that, mind you. Since this most-important life skill did NOT come with a handbook I often feel as though I am bumbling around, hoping the things I say and do are remembered…or probably more often than I’d like to admit, forgotten. But today, on this Sunday, I feel like I am actually doing a pretty darn good job. For one, we finally got off our butts and got someone to come over here to help Sullivan with his math. I know, it’s cruel and unusual punishment to make a kid do math in the summertime, but this actually attributes to my ‘good parent’ feeling. As brilliant as he is, Sullivan really struggles with the whole math thing. He can name every flag that comes marching down the aisle at the Olympic ceremony, but he can’t remember how to solve certain math equations, even when he just did one. I’m sure he inherited this from me, alas. But the problem is besides it being tough for him to grasp, he also gets an attitude about it and really gets frustrated with the whole thing. Being an Aspie I think it’s especially tougher...

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Blogging When There is Nothing To Talk About.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012

Blogging is weird, isn’t it?  I love to write and I love to have an outlet for it.  It’s fun for me, helps me clear my head, and it’s fun to share a thought or laugh with others. But when you’re a mom, much of your life is your children.  And how much do you share about that?  I have another blog that I started a while ago about my son who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  I don’t have much time to post in it these days, but I started it as a cathartic process, something to help me sort out my feelings. I also want to share what we go through, both good and challenging, in the hopes that someone going through similar things may join me in the joy or the sorrow—knowing they are not alone.  When you have a non-typical child, it can be alienating not only for them, but for you. ‘Scout’ is 11 now, and I wonder how much of him he’s going to want me to share as he continues to get older.  Of course he’s mostly oblivious to the social ramifications of such a thing so it may never be a problem…but then there is my 16 year old daughter...

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