Hi Bonnie,

I've said this in a couple of other places, but I'll make it official here.... I have a 13 going on 14 year old son Michael, who deals with Asperger's Syndrome- or High Functioning Autism (I'm having to school myself not to say "suffers from") He is EXTREMELY intelligent, but has problems with his social and emotional skills and his impulse-control. We first started noticing problems at about 3, but tried to shrug them off as tantrums, when his Dad and I started having marriage problems things got a lot worse (he had a little sister by then, too). We took him to a counselor who diagnosed him with ADHD.

After the divorce, I moved with my kids, from Mississippi to Georgia where my family is. I found a counseolr and psychiatrist for Michael, she diagnosed him as ADHD/ODD/OCD/Depression and started him on a variety of medications including prozac. It was a nightmare!. Eventually we changed counselors, and through a series of seemingly random events (I personally like to thank God for His ever steering finger on our shoulders) we wound up with a counselor who was doing a research paper on Asperger's, and recognized it in Michael

She eventually went back into the education system, but by that time I had met my current husband, and one of his mother's best friend's son was a psychiatrist who specialized in pediatrics and autistic spectrum diseases. Michael started seeing Dr. Black when he was 9.

This past year he won the math award for the 7th grade. He took 2 silver medals on the kayak/canoe team, he was on the wrestling team, and although he didn't win a medal, he never lost his temper, got overly frustrated, or through a raging fit that would have hurt someone. That made me prouder than any medal. He now takes Adderall XR and Risperdal, and his psychiatrist thinks that once puberty finishes having its fun with him, he may be able to come off some of the medicines! <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Oh, a really neat book I read was The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, it is fiction, and normally she writes science fiction, but she has an autistic child, and she wrote a book from the perspective of an autistic adult. It was very interesting!

Last edited by musicalmom; 06/29/05 02:28 AM.

Michelle Taylor
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