A life changing event impacted our family eleven years ago when my grandson at the age of nine was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is a form of autism. I began to study and research the subject so that we could be better equipped to provide adequate help for my grandson. Until the time of the diagnosis, I had no idea how the entire family would be affected.
The first thing I did was search for a definition of autism. The best way to describe it is that it is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s development in the areas of communication and social skills. I also learned that no two people will have exactly the same symptoms nor the same level of severity.
After hearing a lecture from a leading authority at the time, I learned that Asperger Syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism. Not unlike regular autism, there are many levels of severity. Most Asperger children are slow in learning to walk, talk and become potty trained. Even though Ben, my grandson, was formally diagnosed at the age of nine, I have observed the symptoms of Asperger Syndrome in him since he was a baby in his high chair. For the last twenty years I have been actively involved with helping Ben. My first hand knowledge and hands-on experience in dealing with his handicap uniquely qualifies me to speak with authority on this subject.
I will be writing future articles regarding my experience with Ben and will cover subjects such as Asperger symptoms, early signs, school problems, medical treatment and counseling. I will also include essays written by Ben which express his feelings about being a person who has Asperger Syndrome.
If you have a child who exhibits any signs of Asperger, I want to encourage you to seek professional help from competent medical personnel who are specialists in dealing with autism. It may be that your child, after being properly diagnosed, does not have Asperger Syndrome but it is better to be safe than sorry. Early intervention by professionals is critical because Asperger children can be prone to depression which,in turn, could result in them being harmful to themselves or others.

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