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Name: Eileen | Date: Apr 28th, 2006 7:09 AM
Uh-Oh. Me again. I don't quite know how this site works. Em me at [email protected] and we'll talk. If you want, that is. 

Name: sharon | Date: Apr 28th, 2006 4:20 PM
my child has adhd and now been told he has aspergers he is 12 yrs old 

Name: kimberlin | Date: Apr 30th, 2006 5:19 AM
My almost 7 yr lod son, Jayden has Autistic spectrum disorder, but it is more leaning to Aspergers. Everyone that comes into contact with Jayden loves him. He is so intelligent. People love the fact that he memorises their birthdasys as soon as he meets them. He loves numbers, dates, times and spider man. I enrolled him in a small school and he really blossomed going there. the fact that there is only about 20 kids in his whole school means that he gets that extra bit of attention he needs. He is the oldest of 3 and he is a real big help at home. He loves his brother (who has cerebral palsy) and his new born sister who was born in January this year.He still still has to remind me that she isn't in my tummy anymore but that is just his nature. I love him and wouldn't change a thing about him. I just don't know how he is going to cope as he gets older. I can't shelter him from the big wide world forever though.
My email addres is [email protected] 

Name: lynnett | Date: Apr 30th, 2006 3:19 PM
Hi, i am a teacher in Australia and i have a 10 year old boy in my grade five class whom i have been told has aspergers syndrome but no supporting documents and insists she doesnt want to put him through any more testing. Any ideas as to how i can get this mother to agree to diagnosis so that the school can get proper special education for him? i am a first year out teacher so it is all new to me and the principal said he suspects i will have to sort it out for myself as he doesnt think there is any government support for that type of dissability. 

Name: Lauren B | Date: May 1st, 2006 3:23 PM
Hi,
I am the mother of a 17 year old who was Dx with Asperger's when she was in the 5th grade. It took us that long to figure out what her specialness was.
I have never met anyone with a daughter with Asperger's and as many of us know - information is scarce and often the professionals don't know what to tell us.

Last Friday, I took my daughter to a college campus. Her counselor, along about 9th grade, was trepidatious that she could survive in this setting - now she has her full support.

What I want to share with you are words of hope.

1. Trust YOUR gut. You will hear from loving relatives, nosy neighbors and even your husband. But always TRUST your gut. No one knows your child like you do (assuming you are the mom, LOL).

2. Don't lose YOUR patience with your kids if you can help it.
It is surely justifiable at times --] but what is the profit in it?
I seem to have to work on this daily (talk about difficulty acquring a skill). But if you can learn to do this - well, it is a wonderful gift to give your child. Everyone feels terrible after we lose our tempers or say things starting with "why can't you.....". Believe me, your kid is wondering the same thing.

3. My daughter is an absolute inspiration. These are some of the things she has accomplished: regular eye contact, no melt downs in 2 years, journaling to help her with her agitation when things don't go according to "THE SCHEDULE", she is so much more flexible, her area's of expertise have broaded (she has gone from horses only to horeses, dogs, dragons, dragon literature, murder mystery's, Nancy Drew, etc. ) She deleves into each of these area's with that incredible thoroughness we all have seen, admire and are puzzled by - but look how many more things she is intersted in! Oh did I mention, she still takes great interest in the school bus routes, what time everyone is to arrive/depart, when the routes change and why and will not take a ride offered to her by a neighbor - preferring instead to stand in the rain just to take the bus. For her, getting wet is better then losing the comfort following her routine brings her. This may never change - but so what?

I just felt compelled to tell everyone that that these kids can change, they can learn some of the skills most of us take for granted and these skills are likely to help them survive living with and near "neruotypicals".

I would love to hear from any parents of Girls with AS. I really think it is different for boys. The aggression is more of an issue (not that it isn't for girls, but the degree of aggresion seems more managable).

Stay hopeful. 

Name: LORRAINE THORNE | Date: May 1st, 2006 9:50 PM
Hello i am new i was told at the age of two that my son had aspergers ,he would not touch anything with out my hand and would scream at noises and get upset if i toke a differnt way home. with out telling him ahead of time ,the one thing i want to know is can he out grow it as he seems to be doing so well, he has never been on meds,he is know 6 and he is in school regular class ,going into 1st grade ,his work is nothing but 100. he still walks around the class when he gets upset to carm down we have times when he gets home it seems as if he has a lot of energe ,he is only getting speach .what do i do keep excepting that thiis is only this yr or has he realy over come? 


Name: lorrine | Date: May 1st, 2006 9:58 PM
sorry i did not answer what you asked take one day at a time matt when he was little ,he is know 6 .i thought i would not be able to have a life but check with churchs , i found that they are right there to help you get a break.the times i went out with he where the hard times in walmart the kicking and screaming but we did not quite taking him we just found things to cofort him and let him hold the such as trians ,beaded pillows , ear phones to listern to soft music , get a tramperlen ,a small one at home when he is hipper you can get him or her to jump it helps beleve me. 

Name: salena | Date: May 4th, 2006 12:08 AM
need a friend im here 

Name: Lori | Date: May 10th, 2006 11:12 PM
My 9-year old son was just diagnosed with Asperger's. The most difficult situation we deal with is school. He doesn't want to do his work and it is hard for other children to concentrate when he is having a meltdown at school. We just started him on Prozac and Abilify. It's too early to tell if it will help. One of his difficulties is knowing when other children are subtley bullying or putting him up to gettting himself into trouble. He responds by scratching or poking at other children. If the medications work, I'll be back to share this information. 

Name: Sonja | Date: May 19th, 2006 8:28 AM
I just recently found out my 6 yr. old son has asberger's. He also has adhd. I thought he was just a little different but very bright. I thought it was him just being immature. I was shocked to learn the characterics my son was displaying was characterics of asberger's. He would unintendingly be rude when someone would speak to him and he wouldn't say anything or would be so soft spoken you could barely hear him. He has no friends to play with, but I not sure that matters to him. He would rather be in the company of adults or playing by himself. He can't tell you the names of kids in his class. I always thought that was really odd. I would like to learn more about asberger's syndrome. 

Name: Sandra | Date: May 20th, 2006 9:18 AM
I have a 6 year old son with Aspergers. His a lovely little person who is just excentric. We made a decision about friends a long time ago and if they didn't accept our son, we didn't accept them, we have only lost a few, and they weren't a great loss. My friends and their children love my son and I am sure he gets the "friend" thing in his own way. My big problem is the "video Talk", we are trying to stop it, but as our son experiences changes in his life , the talk increases with anxiety, so with school etc, it is getting worse. Have any suggestions. Also the use of Fish Oils etc for alterations in behaviour, have any suggestions. I'm in NSW Australia, anyone close by. 

Name: ali sheridan | Date: May 21st, 2006 7:12 PM
Hi , my 11 yr old has been diagnosed with as 6 months ago. since then he has had no contact with the paediatrician. Appointment cancelled due to staff shortage. In the meantime, my boy is really struggling and due to go to high school in september. I am so worried that his inability to socialize and his immaturity is going to leave him open to bullies. He has just gained a new friend, great you may think, but he only plays with the friend on a one to one basis and if the friend is away for a weekend, my son goes into depression, refusing to leave the house. I am at my wits end. please help 

Name: Tom | Date: May 25th, 2006 4:41 AM
Sandra Down Under :)

Our son hasn't been diagnosed with AS - but we have the school psychologist suggesting he is in that spectrum. With respect to Omega 3's...we give our son Flaxseed once per day in his OJ and have seen positive results.. .not sure if its directly due to the oil.. but nonetheless - it's a healthy suppliment... Best Regards. 

Name: kyle andersen | Date: May 28th, 2006 1:13 PM
autism 

Name: rebecca | Date: May 30th, 2006 1:10 AM
i'm also looking for support. Have heard of special diets. do they really help??? 

Name: maren | Date: May 30th, 2006 7:14 PM
hallo 

Name: ladywolf | Date: May 31st, 2006 11:03 PM
My 11 year old son is having problems fitting in school. He is not able to keep any friends and feels the teacher hates him. My son has asperger syndrom , ADD, and ODD. I just can't understand why other kids have to be so mean to him. He is usually a good boy. 

Name: beth hartlen | Date: Jun 1st, 2006 4:34 PM
My 6 year old girl has just been diagnosed with Aspergers and I am feeling very overwhelmed at this point. I could really use any tips in how toget through each day and still have some sanity left.... 

Name: beth | Date: Jun 1st, 2006 4:42 PM
I know how you feel Carol...I really just want to talk to other parents..is there a live forum to chat in? 

Name: kris | Date: Jun 7th, 2006 5:47 PM
hi 

Name: verna | Date: Jun 8th, 2006 4:03 AM
My son is 9 years old and was recently diagnosed with aspergers and it it soo hard every thing I do I cant seem to get through to him it breaks my heart I really have no one to confide in. I have tried all methods to get thru to him. Im running out of answers!! 

Name: kadie | Date: Jun 9th, 2006 9:05 AM
hi i am 15 and having a baby what sould i do 

Name: nicole | Date: Jun 10th, 2006 2:45 AM
i love what the teacher was saying on here about dicipline... sometimes my friends or husband will make me feel bad for punishing my son (who has aspergers). i think that the biggest way to ensure that a child with autism of any kind will grow up with the need to be treated differently by everybody is to let them have full run of the house because they "dont know better"... even though there are behaviors that are patterened and uncontrolable sometimes it really is just plain 5-year-old defiance. dont let everything go without consequences. 

Name: maricart | Date: Jun 10th, 2006 5:52 PM
I have a 14 year old son with aspergers syndrome. he is going to start high school in the fall. He does not handle changes very well. I am a little concern and would like some advice on what i can do for him. 

Name: Sandra | Date: Jun 12th, 2006 9:14 AM
Hi. I have a 6year old boy with AS. One of the things he has taught me is patience. Our family has learn't that although you may want to do something someway, it will not always be so. So we do it another way or not at all. My main suggestion is find a good support friend that you can vent through & pick your fights in regards to your daughter....some things are not worth fighting about and if you let the little things go, some of your sanity does stay in tack. It is really hard at the beginning and I wish you the best, but with time, study and understanding of your daughters ways, you will find a way to survive better. Take your time and learn to make AS in your family, your way.
Very best of luck to you & yours. 

Name: SHANNON | Date: Jun 15th, 2006 2:51 AM
mY NINE year old has been diagnosed with aspergers the drs put him on respridol and it was a big mistake he had serious leg tremors every night it would keep him awake instead of letting him sleep and that is a bad thing with trevor if he doesnt get his sleep I really have a hard time handling him . Now things have gotten alot better cause i know what will usally set him off One of witch is alot of noise. If anyone needs someone to talk to e-mail me at [email protected] 

Name: tracy | Date: Jun 18th, 2006 4:16 PM
my child may have asperges,its looking like a big poss,and i just wondered how others mihgt be able to help me. 

Name: shai | Date: Jun 19th, 2006 9:08 PM
im new so like be nice to me 

Name: Tore | Date: Jun 28th, 2006 12:28 AM
What u doing 

Name: Helene | Date: Jun 28th, 2006 4:31 AM
I am new to this-My 7 year old son was recently diagnosed with Asperger-He has been in a regular classrom setting with behaviour teacher assigned to him-The other kids complain to me that he is always scratching & demanding-I know he means well & just wants his schoolmates to come over the house but no one wants to associate with him - I have him in tae kwon do for the past year & we just thought this was a behaviour problem but now that we know what we are dealing with the kids in class seem kinder to him-I find taking him to the park to let out some energy helpful & I also let the other children know he has a sort of disability so they don't bully or hurt him. It also helps the other children be more compassionate. 

Name: Sandra | Date: Jun 28th, 2006 8:57 AM
Why don't you go to the classroom and speak to the kids re: your boys issues and what sets him off. You know I have found that the more knowledge people have of these kids and their issue, the more tolerant they are, because it's not scary. Labels frighten people and we need to educate others. I think we need to teach others how to be freinds with our kids rather than teach our kids (with AS) how to be friends with them, because AS kids don't understand the how, but really do want friends. I tried this in my boys playgroup and pre-school and if anything we have more friends now because they understand better. good luck 

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