I have three sons.
I have one that happens to struggle with Asperger’s Syndrome.
For a bit of a peek at what life is like, I’m sharing this video, but for some reason I am unable to embed it here. So, please indulge me and go visit my Facebook Page where you can find a link to one section from the three part series This Emotional Life by PBS.org
I love the title of this series, and I’m almost done watching the second part. The thing is, I love the title because our life with Asperger’s Syndrome is just that, it’s LIFE. My son is not sick, he doesn’t ‘suffer’ from Asperger’s, he is not intellectually or physically impaired by this. He simply thinks a different way than what “THEY” say is normal (who are THEY and who the heck gave THEM the right to say what’s ‘normal’???)
My son is nearly 21, a college student, an active columnist for an online wrestling forum. He’s just pretty darned cool.
Thing is, some people hear the term Asperger’s and associate it with Hollywood’s character of Rain Man. Love Rain Man, truly I did, but the character portrayed in that movie, has Autism, which is a related issue.
You see, there are many diagnoses that fall under the Autism Spectrum. None look the same and no one person behaves the same. The thing is, every person is an individual and every person with Autism, or Asperger’s or PDD-NOS, or Tourette’s or any of these other conditions, each one of them will be as different as the snowflakes are. That’s what makes human beings amazing.
For my son, being a little older it was very difficult to get an accurate diagnosis for him, and even when we did, it didn’t much matter. Aaron is Aaron. We adore him, and while there are some days that I know he’d wish his Asperger’s away, there are many many days that go by when neither he or anyone else would see anything different in he and a million other young men.
(I share his stories with his permission and he is very well aware that he can ‘edit’ me any time he feels the need)
I am sharing, because Autism and Autism related ‘disorders’ (again a term I loathe) are occurring in epidemic proportions in the United States. I hope that what we’ve learned in our journey might help a parent who is traveling that road as well.
Again, please do view this video, you’ll find it on the Facebook Page