November 11, 2009 10:20 PM
Asperger's syndrome: A sibling's perspective
While we don't know for certain what causes autism (some believe it has to do with the increase and timing of kids' vaccinations), we do know there is a spectrum. At one end is Asperger's syndrome. I have had the privilege of knowing a few individuals with Aspergers (Hi, Riley!) - they are truly unique and special.
This very special sibling shows that - as Christopher deVinck describes in Power of the Powerless - those blessed with what many outsiders see as a "burden" or a "tragedy" are changed for the better.
Lump in throat! Thanks Barbara. Oh and your "biggest fan" (aka Riley) sends a big hello your way ;)
Posted by: Margaret | November 12, 2009 11:32 AM
The next revision of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for those that are acronym challenged) version V (5 for those that are Roman number challenged) may potentially eliminate both Aspergerâ€™s and PDDNOS because the specialist that are suppose to be able to make an accurate diagnosis, are diagnostically challenged.
Posted by: Resident Old Married Man | November 12, 2009 11:57 AM
Thank you for sharing this! Sounds like a very well adjusted sibling. I sometimes wonder about my younger son, who is typical, and how he will deal with my older son's autism. I think God has a perfect design and will work it all out. I hope my youngest will eat lunch with and befriend a lot of special needs kids at school too, like this sweet boy!!
Posted by: Sara | November 12, 2009 7:26 PM
What a sweet brother! Thanks so much for sharing that. *Sniff*
Posted by: Sue | November 12, 2009 11:56 PM
My son has Aspergers and I researched it quite a bit - Please read my blog about what I learned and share it anyone who could benefit from this information -
Posted by: Kelly | November 26, 2009 12:10 AM