My son was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was only six years old. We experienced a mixture of relief and sadness wash over us as it had taken four years to understand what was ‘wrong’ with him. I felt that my life was over. I tried to be strong but felt like there was no hope.
It is difficult to explain how parents feel when their children are diagnosed with Aspergers because we feel that there’s absolutely no problem with our children. That’s exactly how we felt too. Our baby Andrew was perfect for us; however, when he began having issues with other kids, we knew that we had a problem.
So what is Aspergers? Aspergers Syndrome is known as a milder form of autism and I knew absolutely nothing about it. The stress and tension in our household had built up to a point where my relationship with my husband was fading too.
Andrew wasn’t the only person who had difficulty coping with Aspergers; in fact, Andrew had trouble figuring out why was treated differently at school, but as parents we were having a really hard time coping with everything.
Desperate to save my family, I researched. Boy, did I research. I read every single article about Autism and Aspergers, trying to find out how I could help my child.
After constant visits to the psychologists’ office and therapy sessions with a support group, I realized that there was no ‘cure’ for Aspergers. This was devastating and cruel, but we knew that there were things we could do to help Andrew. After all, we were his only hope.
After reading several books about Aspergers, I understood that it was possible for Andrew to lead a normal life after a while.
We would fight Aspergers with everything we had. Amongst the books, the ones that gave me hope were Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia and The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism.
These books not only helped me lift my spirits, but it also helped me peek into Andrew’s world.
No two children with Aspergers have the same symptoms, so it was necessary to understand how these kids perceived the world. Our psychologist advised us to deal with our problems, one at a time. Well, yes, we would deal with it, because we simply had no choice.
If you know someone or have a children suffering from Aspergers, read on to see how we coped with Aspergers Disorder