Look at all those awesome people who may have had Aspergers Syndrome!
Thomas Jefferson, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Emily Dickinson, Hans Christian Andersen, Michelangelo, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein...
Now consider the men and women who raised them:
Peter and Jane Jefferson,
Wladyslaw and Bronislawa Sklodowski (Madam Curie's parents),
James and Margery Ayscough (Newton's grandparents) and Hannah (Ayscough Newton) Smith,
Edward and Emily (Norcross) Dickinson,
Hans and Anne Marie Andersen,
Ludovico di Leonardo di Buonarotto Simoni and Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena (who died when Michelangelo was 6),
Milutin and Duka Tesla,
Hermann and Pauline Einstein
Consider yourself among poor and rich, broken and whole, widowed and remarried parents, single parents, and grandparents of the past who brought up men and women who later became famous... and who happened to have had Aspergers Syndrome.
When we first found out our son has Aspergers, we were overwhelmed and yet somehow I was relieved to know what was going on.
It was harder for my husband, though. What is the deal with guys and guilt? Like my husband could've done anything differently to prevent our son from having this neurodevelopmental disorder? I don't think so.
You may be going through a grieving period right now, if you haven't already. Things are not turning out the way that you had dreamed.
We have another son who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. We find many similarities between the boys!
The possibilities are beautiful.
Aspergers does not have to mean that your son or daughter will be living in your basement when (s)he's 40! You can raise him--or her--to be very successful... not in spite of his diagnosis but because of it. Einstein was. Thomas Jefferson was. Marie Curie was.
I'm looking at the world very differently now than I was when our boy with Aspergers was 2. Now I can say, "It's not Autism; it's Awe-tism!"
But I couldn't say that when Trio Man was 2 or 4 or 6. (Trio Man is our nickname for him.) It's been a long journey--and there's more to come. And I don't feel that way all day every day.
But thinking of Aspergers as Awe-tism helps me to think positively, making it a little easier to be a positive parent at that moment.
Explore all the links on the left side of this page to learn more about Aspergers and similar diagnoses (go to the Types of Autism page).
See how your child could be affected by the new changes to the American diagnoses in the DSM 5.
See if your child's behaviors are like Trio Man's. If not, add your own stories.
Laugh and cry as you explore Aspergers in TV and movies.
You can even share this site with your family and friends to help them understand why your child acts the way that he or she does.
Most importantly, feel at home and feel the support of others who have been where you are.
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