Please remember that this is the very beginning of my journey and many things I express on here are from a newbie mindset. I had absolutely no idea how to go about everything the right way. Things and ideas were thrown on my left and right. Especially the medicine. I discovered later that the medicine they had me give Chaz was what was causing his depression and I immediately took him off of it. At this point he was in a self contained classroom. The teacher was told me if I didn't put him on medicine they don't want him there. Chaz regularly was throwing chairs in the classroom and turning over tables in fits of rage. He would stand up and cuss his teacher out. Often the teachers had to hold him in a bear hug and hold in his arms to calm him down. Chaz was very violent and to the point where I had to hide the knives in my house. These entries were at a very desperate point in my life but it's obvious in my writing that I was tryin very hard to stay positive.
I went to see Chaz's doctor yesterday because I had been observing Chaz since he last went. I had a few more things to tell her that I had noticed he struggled with. Once I shared them with her and she was watching Chaz in her office, she again confirmed that he is very much has "Asperger Syndrome". Much more than we had originally thought. Also, OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which actually comes with Aspergers. It is not easy to diagnose Aspergers (Autism) because you have to be everything on the list to be diagnosed that. You can't just have a couple or even a few things. The one thing that stops him from being "Rain Man" Autistic is his developed speech. He talks well and is not delayed at all in his development.
Individuals with AS can exhibit a variety of characteristics and the disorder can range from mild to severe. Persons with AS show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often the individual with AS has difficulty determining proper body space. Often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, the person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see. It's important to remember that the person with AS perceives the world very differently. Therefore, many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior, and most certainly not the result of "improper parenting"