I have a 5 year old son recently diagnosed with Aspergers as well as ADHD. Is there anyone out there who has this and can tell me ANYTHING about how to approach him, understand his thought process, or anything else you can think of? Thank you! I want to be the best mom to him, but because I had no clue what was going on with him, I fear I haven't. I just want to be the mom he needs me to be. Thanks again. ♥
I'm so glad you wrote me because I have the perfect resource for you that I've found really helpful. Since posting it, so many have wrote me and commented on how they loved it's simplicity. It's actually called "Explaining Aspergers to Your Child" but it's a list of how to recognize Aspergers. This list also told me his sensitivities and so I could recognize them when I see it. Sometimes when AS kids act out, while others may see a naughty kid, we know it also could be sensory overload. When Chaz would break down I would just hold him to me, cover his ears with my arms and tell him everything is going to be okay over and over again till he calmed down. Think of a really tight ball that needs to be unwound. I could feel his body loosen up as he relaxed. I also learned to ignore the looks when out in public. I can't walk around saying over and over "Oh, my son is freaking out because he has Aspergers." I learned to not worry so much what others think.
- often do not like changes in school, work, and home life routines