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The author is a mother of 3 children, one of whom has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. She started this blog to document that journey.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Opening up the Doors to Communication

Finding that mental connection to my son has always been more challenging for me, than it is with his siblings. When trying to explain a new idea to him, we would be on clearly different wavelengths. It would be frustrating to us both, because without finding that mental connection, I had no foundation for building new concepts and he soon tired of trying to "get" me. It would take weeks and weeks of repetition and then just like that - one day he'd get it. And once he's got it, he's got it.

I didn't know it at the time, but two weeks ago at the start of our assessment process I learned that this is typical of the way people on the Autistic Spectrum seem to learn.

I hope to capture here some of the behaviours I noticed as a parent that helped me decide to have him evaluated, and those that I missed as indicators. For me, it is so important to try to understand his perspective, so that our communication doorways remain open.

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1 comments:

McMom said...

I have 2 nephews with Asperger's/autism. One is younger and recently diagnosed. The other is eight now and doing so well his teacher at school said if they tried to diagnose him today, they wouldn't be able to. Just wanted you to know that your son is going to be fine. Especially when you are so dedicated to understanding him. Good luck with this new blog. I think it's going to help a lot of people. Glad to see your reference to Temple Grandin. My husband went to CSU!

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