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Raising a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome – Challenging but Rewarding

Thursday, July 25, 2013


father and child playingYou think it can only happen in the movies, but sadly that’s not the case.

When I read this recent report about an adult man with Asperger’s Syndrome who was locked inside a basement for two years, abused and neglected – a bucket for a bathroom and food shoved through a hole in the wall – I feel so badly for all involved. Of course, I can’t comment on this particular case since I don’t know the details. But it does heighten the public’s awareness of this issue. If only the person with Asperger’s Syndrome had gotten proper attention when he was young, if only the mother had received the necessary support and education to be able to handle the situation…

Raising any child is hard work and when your child has autism it is all the more challenging. I see so many parents educating themselves and working hard to care for their children and these efforts are making a difference. They deserve to be recognized and commended for their hard work. So I wanted to just take the opportunity to tell parents with children who have Asperger’s Syndrome that we appreciate all of your tireless efforts.

Parents need support and training to keep their own lives and emotions balanced when they care for the special needs of a family member. If you’re feeling like it’s more than you can handle, contact my office and make an appointment in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington.

Many times if your child has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome you realize that you or your spouse has it as well. To read more about these family dynamics check out my soon-to-be-released book, Out of Mind - Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome.


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