I have firsthand experience with Asperger’s and the meltdowns, tantrums, and shutdowns that frequently result. My grandson has Asperger’s. Here’s how we ultimately learned to deal with and manage his anxiety and Asperger’s meltdowns.
Autism is defined as a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication -- while also having unique strengths and differences. Here, people who have experience with autism share their stories and how autism affects the whole family (not just the person with autism).
Brandon has Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum. Brandon is high-functioning autistic. Here are some of the early symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and how we dealt with each of them along the way.
As much as I wish I could speak for my Autistic niece Shelby… I can’t. And as much I wish I could scream and shout for all of the injustices that she and her parents have had to deal with on a daily basis… that wouldn’t do any good either. So, from my faraway corner of the world, I find peace and satisfaction when I can share some of the specific things that have helped to clarify things for me a bit. Or have helped me find an even greater sense of hope for Shelby’s future.
They have determined that we are ALL autistic to some degree. Personally, I am glad to know that. Because it means the people I know who have been labeled by the professionals as ‘autistic’ are really not that different from you and me. See what your autism quotient is here…
Do you know someone who is a whiz with numbers? What about mathematical equations? Do you see numbers differently than most people? Then you’ve got to read this article about Daniel Tammet, who gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how an ‘autistic savant’ functions.
We have a 5-year-old niece who is Autistic. With years of help from the Cleveland Clinic, she has made dramatic improvements — and she continues to do so, on a daily basis. But I changed my way of thinking about Autism last Christmas when Jim’s parents shared with everyone a photocopied list of ’10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew’.
Here’s a lengthy summary about my passionate search to educate myself about Autism.