Our family consists of myself, my husband of 22 years, and 4 wonderful children. "Big Guy" is our oldest and was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome four years ago. He attends college, majoring in English. "Little Guy" just started kindergarten and is also diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. We also have 2 "neurotypical" children. "Sis" is our only daughter and just began her second year of college. Her sweet willingness to help certainly is a big boost to her mother's sanity! "Middle Guy" rounds out the group; he just started high school and is quite busy with various activities. We try living each day to the fullest, never knowing what tomorrow (or even the next moment) might bring!
What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Anonline source states "Asperger's syndrome (also called Asperger's syndrome, Asperger's disorder, Asperger's or AS) is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and people with AS therefore show significant difficulties in social interaction and restricted, stereotyped patterns of behavior and interests. AS differs from other ASDs by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development."
On a more personal level, this is what a person with autism had to offer about their own experience with this lifelong developmental disability: Reality to an autistic person is a confusing mass of events, people, places, sounds and sights. There seem to be no clear boundaries, order or meaning to anything. A large part of my life is spent just trying to work out the pattern behind everything.
A source much closer to home brings this perspective......"It's like everyone one else is playing a game that you'd really like to join, only you don't know the rules. When you ask someone to explain the rules, it's as if they are speaking in Japanese; you have no idea what they're talking about. You are left stuck behind a fence, watching as the game of life goes on without you."
Thepurpose of this blog isto document our family's trials and triumphs as we cope with having two children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. I am not an expert by academic standards; however, I would like to think that my hours of research and years of practical experience has yielded some benefit :) I invite you to join our family's journey as we chronicle what Life on the Spectrum - the autism spectrum - can be like.