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[10 Jul 2006|12:36pm]

Is anyone here a child of someone with Aspergers?
My brother was just diagnosed with Asperbergers....he's 12 and managed to slip through the educational cracks this entire time because he's "high functioning."
It made me realize that my father probably has it. He is EXACTLY like my brother. They share the exact same "odd" traits.

Was it hard on you growing up? My father is undiagnosed so for my entire life I just thought he was a "weird freak." I didn't know it could possibly be autism. I thought he was just emotionally screwed up.....like a "defective" human being. He actually made my life a living hell....
I apologize for the negative terms but I just found out about my brother's aspergers this week, and it got me thinking about my dad a lot and how hard it was on me growing up.

Can anyone relate with this...?

Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder [19 Apr 2006|01:52pm]
My son has semantic-pragmatic disorder, but it's not altogether clear if he has Asperger's as well. Has anyone here had a relative or close friend diagnosed with semantic-pragmatic disorder?

Introduction [12 Apr 2006|09:39am]

This may be premature or presumptuous of me to be here, but my 4.5 year old son was tested yesterday by a neurodevelopmental nurse practitioner and a speech pathologist, and they were both very careful to repeat that accurate cases of Asperger's aren't typically diagnosed until a subject is six or seven years old, but my son does have some Aspie traits. This is not wishful thinking on my part -- I've been booted out of my state of denial as I watched him respond to testing.

Both the child's father and I, as his biological parents, demonstrate some high functioning autism tendencies, so we think we may be responsible.

Traits my child has demonstrated:
  • Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age. For example, the child may use the term “beckon” instead of “call,” or “return” instead of “come back.” He referred to our cats as 'mammals.' I spoke with him on the phone and he said 'Hello Mommy. How are you doing?'
  • Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized.
  • Have delayed motor development. We're trying to get him to ride a bicycle.
  • May have heightened sensitivity and get overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures. His common phrase is: "that hurts my ears."
  • Have advanced rote memorization and math skills. He can tell by listening to a movie soundtrack what is happening in a film scene, if he's seen it before. I read a book once to him, we read it together a second time, then he asked the nurse practitioner to read it to him. She asked him to read it with her and he "read," probably memorized, the entire book. He also prefers math and science at preschool. His father and I are 'gifted' at mathematics.
  • Lines up his toys.

    I joined this group because I'm interested in learning more about Asperger's, wondering if my husband and/or I should be tested, and planning to monitor my child's behaviour and progress until he reaches grade school. It's been suggested my child attend play therapy with a peer group.
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    Asperger's Resources. [30 Jan 2006|06:04pm]

    Hello There,

    I work at a non-profit organization that advocates for the right of every person to have affordable access to health care. I am currently stumped with a client, and wondered if any of you all could lead me in a positive direction. The client is a 53 year old woman who has Asperger's. Her father is trying to seek treatment for her, but has been denied care due to the fact that whoever he talks with says that her problem is not recognized as a disease.

    I know that there must be resources out there for a person such as this. I would appreciate any and all thoughts of where I could begin to look for help for this woman.

    Thank you in advance!

    Hygiene [19 Dec 2005|09:51am]

    I am posting here because I have a question about (what may be) an aspie-related behavior in someone I care about, and I was wondering if anyone here had any advice/insights/ or experiences. This person I'm friends with will not shower. Or, he says he does, but it smells like he doesn't, his teeth are grimy, et cetera. On the one hand, I respect that it is his choice, but it makes him difficult to be around, and other people are not understanding...and i can see why, the smell is untolerable at times. He gets very sensitive/agitated when the issue is brought up...and says he doesn't know why it's such an issue. Has anyone ever gone through the same thing?

    Edit: this person has been diagnosed with asperger's, as well as depression.


    x-posted in aspie youth

    Sense of Humor [26 Nov 2005|10:11am]

    Do Aspies have a good sense of humor?

    [31 Oct 2005|07:26pm]

    [ mood | cheerful ]

    Hi there, new to lj and found this site.I have a 7 yr old boy and we are going through the process of having him diagnosed. His doctor has been helpful and has said that a asp diagnosis, wont just help us with understanding but with resources.
    I have to admit that the past 7 years have been hard, I think it was the unknown, and peoples judgements on my parenting skills and thinking he was a "naughty boy". He is of course at times but aren't all kida.
    I have 2 girls who are fine and its difficult at times understanding the what, whys and hows,
    There has been comments made about ritilin (don't think I spelt that correct), I have my worries and would like to hear other peoples opinions.
    I live in the uk and saw a program this morning about an adult man with aspergers, he had 2 degrees and has written 2 books, it was very encouraging, though I could't help crying. I worry so much about his future, do others?
    My lad has the bonus of being very cute and I adore him, it's just that my 4 yr old gets quite jealous, and I try to keep the love equal, if you know what I mean, some days I want to hide under my covers!! ha ha


    This pretty much describes my son [22 Oct 2005|10:06am]

    Credit to the following:Dr. Paul Donahue- TO YOUR HEALTH

    Q. Our grandson , age 15, has been diagnosed with Asperger's disorder. Please say something about it.

    A. People with Asperger's disorder have difficulty relating to others. One manifestation of that difficulty is their failure to maintain eye contact with people they are talking to. They find making friends difficult. They are often preoccupied with restricted interests and find it difficult to express emotions. They often lack fine motor control and are not usually gifted in sports, let alone interested in them.
    Most however, have normal or high verbal intelligence, and most are able to function independently and lead productive lives.

    Well for the most part- this describes my son. He did express an interest in baseball for a while - watching it - not playing it.
    He's going to be 23 on the 27th of this month and he still lives at home with me.
    I've never had him tested or diagnosed.
    He's very smart but not very mature. He doesn't seem to have a lot of common sense. He's sort of like the "absent minded" professor or something. He makes straight A's without hardly trying but can't keep his shoes tied.

    [10 Jul 2005|08:19pm]

    hello everyone, i'm new here.

    i'm a 26 year old single mother of a 7 year old boy recently diagnosed with asperger's. after a lot of behavior problems, the school did a full report while he was in 1st grade.. psycological, speech and views from his teacher. his doctor has also diagnosed him with ADD.

    i'm new to all of this and still doing my research. i was hoping some of the parents on this list could give me advice.. tips.. book and website reccomendations.

    my son is very active and i love him so much. i want him to have a great time in school and have a great life. i just don't know what to do sometimes. i will do anything and everything in my power to help him. sometimes he acts like a 3 year old.. he is always laughing when i try to discipline him.. nothing i do seems to work. he also chews off all his nails and the skin on his fingers. is this normal for asperger's or am i battling something completely different?

    thank you in advance for any advice or comments.


    [28 Jun 2005|12:46am]

    [ mood | depressed ]

    I don't know much about Asperger's because I recently found of my boyfriend's condition. I'm trying to learn about it so that I can understand him more. I love him so much and right now it's as if there's this horrible gap between us. He's pulling away from me, feeling depressed, wanting to get back into old habits like doing drugs, and I'm trying so hard to be there for him...but it's just really hard when he isn't letting me get close anymore.

    How can I show him that I love him and that I want the best for him. I want him to feel like he can come to me with anything. I just don't know what to do anymore, I'm home for the summer and I'm taking a few courses to graduate college early. I want to drop everything to go back to him, but deep in my heart I know that I can't bail out on my education, no matter how important he is to me. I don't know what to do anymore.

    cross-posted to the as_others comm


    [25 Jul 2005|12:11am]


    someone recomend me a good book, where the main character has aspergers syndrome please..



    How can I help?? [29 Apr 2005|03:06pm]

    [ mood | hopeful ]

    Hi everyone!

    I'm in an alternative program in my school where you're very close with the kids in your class, but there's this kid in my class who I always didn't really like because he was so different. I realize now that it was unfair of me to judge him, because today he was crying and when I pulled him to the side and asked him what was wrong and if I could help, he told me he was diagnosed with Asperger's this year and feels really alone and out of place. What do I do to make him feel more included? Is there anything special I should know about teens with Asperger's that could help me include him a little better or relate to him more?

    Thanks in advance!


    [09 Feb 2005|08:21pm]

    i live with my mum who has something on the autisitc spectrum [aspergers syndrome?]. and it is quite hard with me sometimes, becuase she sees everything so differently too me. do any of you live with just one parent [ma or pa] who has this? how do you deal with it?

    i worry sometimes that i am practically the same becuase of my up bringing idunno.
    i deal with social situations badly sometimes. and i can cope with dim/bright light. and i focus to much attention on one thing at once. and i have problems with speech sometimes too. mm.

    also i know its a family thing. my grandad had aspergers syndrome, and my little cousin is very autisitc.

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