Aspergers Syndrome is Awe-tism!
and you're the parent who makes that happen
Look at all those awesome people who may have had Aspergers Syndrome! Thomas Jefferson, Isaac Newton, Emily Dickinson, Hans Christian Andersen, Thomas Edison, Mozart, Michelangelo, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein...
Now consider the men and women who raised them: Peter and Jane Jefferson, James and Margery Ayscough (Newton's grandparents), Hannah (Ayscough Newton) Smith, Edward and Emily (Norcross) Dickinson, Hans Anderson (the senior) and his wife, Samuel Jr and Nancy Edison, Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart, Ludovico di Leonardo di Buonarotto Simoni, Milutin and Duka Tesla, Hermann and Pauline Einstein.
Consider yourself among poor and rich, broken and whole, widowed and remarried 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.
But 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 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 does (or she does).
Most importantly, feel at home and feel the support of others who have been where you are.
Table of Contents for AspergersSyndromeParent.com
- Positive Parenting the Aspergers Way
- Regain order in your house through positive parenting your child with Aspergers, High Functioning Autism, or PDD-NOS. Use the parenting tips here to change your child’s behavior.
- Bullying and Aspergers Syndrome
- Bullying is particularly problematic for kids with Aspergers Syndrome because they don't recognize it. Teach anti-bullying techniques to Aspergers kids by providing many examples and being direct.
- Types of Autism--Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism & the like
- Find out what are the types of Autism--Aspergers, PDD-NOS, High-Functioning Autism, moderate Autism, and severe Autism.
- Autism Aspergers--What's the Difference?
- Autism Aspergers, Aspergers Autism, What's the difference?
- High Functioning Autism and Aspergers
- Check out the differences (or lack thereof) between High Functioning Autism and Aspergers.
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified or PDD-NOS
- PDD-NOS, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, has got to be one of the most confusing terms. Let's figure out why this term exists and what might happen with the proposed DSM 5.
- DSM 5--The proposed manual for mental disorders
- Discover how your child's Aspergers or PDD-NOS diagnosis may change with the proposed DSM 5. This page provides an analysis of the differences between the current DSM 4 and the proposed changes.
- Causes of Autism and Aspergers
- The causes of Autism and Aspergers include genetics and ages of parents at the child's birth. You'll also learn about the vaccine controversy and how that applies to Aspergers.
- Autism and Aspergers Diagnosis--Is Autism really on the rise?
- The Autism and Aspergers diagnosis is on the rise. The media is reporting 1 in 88. But examine and question that number. Is Autism really on the rise?
- Asperger Syndrome Behavior
- Asperger Syndrome behavior is varied yet many Aspies have similar behaviors.
- Bed Jumping, Trampoline Jumping, and Inflatable Castles
- If Bed Jumping were an Olympic event, kids on the Autism Spectrum would win gold, silver, and bronze!
- Aspergers on TV and in Movies
- Let's laugh and cry as we experience the emotions and quirkiness of fictional (and sometimes real!) Aspies on TV and in movies.
- Famous People with Aspergers
- Aspergers is awe-tism! Read about these famous people with Aspergers, and you'll think so, too.
- Writers Block / Reluctant Writers & Aspergers
- Writers block or reluctant writer? To help our kids with Aspergers who struggle to write, we'll have to remove barriers to writing.
- Writing Process
- Give your child "the big picture" of the writing process to help your struggling writer separate written expression from their need to "do it right" the first time.
- Autism Speaks, an advocacy group for the whole spectrum not just Aspergers
- Autism Speaks is a fundraising organization that supports biomedical research and raising awareness for the whole spectrum, not just Aspergers.
- School Choice benefits kids with Aspergers
- School choice and open enrollment allow more options for our kids and allow school districts to focus their training on Autism and Aspergers
- Praying for Your Aspie
- Praying for your child with Aspergers is a great way to enrich his or her life and to comfort yourself.
- Special Needs Ministry
- You may be able to find a special needs ministry that allows you to attend church with your child who has Aspergers Syndrome.
- Bible Verses for Memorizing and Copying
- Memorizing Bible verses is a great way to reduce anxiety of all kinds--social anxiety, performance anxiety. Teach your kids to recall verses right when they need them.
- Devotions for the Aspergers Syndrome Parent
- Apply these devotions to your life in order to help you see the positives in parenting a child with Aspergers Syndrome.
- AspergersSyndromeParent.com's Moonwaxing
- My copyright says "Cheryl Lynn / Moonwaxing." Read this page to find out more about me and to learn the story behind "Moonwaxing."
- Contact Cheryl Lynn regarding Aspergers Syndrome Parent
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