Asperger’s Syndrome

The definition of Asperger’s Syndrome (as by Merriam Webster dictionary):

*a developmental disorder resembling autism that is characterized by impaired social interaction, by restricted and repetitive behaviors and activities, and by normal language and cognitive delvelopment (the process of acquiring intelligence and increasingly advanced thought and problem-solving ability from infancy to adulthood.)

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Both of my sons, Jonathan and Zachary have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Zachary has a milder case but you can see it if you know what you are looking for.   Jonathan’s obsessions are trains, handicap signs, wheelchair lifts, safety signs, nascar, flagging.  Zachary’s obsessions are fishing, fishing, and more fishing.

Jonathan would rather stay in his room all day and flag the Nascar races as they happen.  Zachary would rather go fishing with his dad than anything else.  When Jonathan has a meltdown or is upset we really have to work with him on how to express his feelings and let us know what is wrong. When Zachary is upset he lets you know from typical slamming of doors, stomping of feet but his anger most time takes control and he will destroy what ever is closest to him from fishing poles to favorite i-pod.

There are several times a day we have to repeat ourselves because they do not understand what we are saying and have to try to get them to understand whether or not to take us literal or joking around.  One thing I say is that God is wanting me to learn patience and this is definitely the test.  I feel as though I have made great strides in my patience and not losing my cool as much as what I use to.

Anyone who has never been around someone this special really should.  Trying to understand their way of thinking is very challenging.  Trying to keep your cool while getting them to understand social ques…yeah  that definitely takes patience.  Gives you a greater appreciation for things.

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