Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Son Improves

Today, I was struck by the dramatic behavioral changes taking place in my 12, almost 13 year old son. In a brief synopsis,  he's nicer, kinder and showing tons of previously unheard of empathy.
I think the home life situation allows him to build his self-esteem. He spends at least an hour every day just talking to me about his day, ideas, creative stories and I believe he feels heard and as a valued member of this family unit.
He is more willing to help out, do chores and care for Rosebud without complaining or dissent. If I look back, it's been these subtle positives almost each day. He gives compliments, receives them well and sounds like he cares about at least two friends, as if they were best friends, kind of replacing the ones he left in Michigan.
I'm just really proud and pleased with him. Even through his four day flu ordeal, he's just a nicer person to be around. Very positive growth in this guy!!! Had to write and share.

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