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Article: When should I tell my son about his diagnosis of Aspergers?

Hot on the heels of my recent articles comes Dave Angel's take on the subject;

When should I tell my son about his diagnosis of Aspergers?
by Dave Angel
http://parentingaspergers.com/blog/when-should-i-tell-my-son-about-his-diagnosis-of-aspergers/

I get the feeling that Dave supports the idea of telling children in an age-appropriate manner. He also cautions against the self-image issues which can arise from allowing a child to think that they are "defective".

It's critical that if and when you do tell your child, that you make the experience a positive one.

Coping with Social Anxiety

This topic was suggested in a recent comment and I figured it was something I haven't covered properly in the past - so here goes...

Defining Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety isn't something that only affects people with aspergers, it affects people with all kinds of mental conditions as well as those with physical issues, weight issues and other differences that mentally or physically distinguish them from the general populace. The distinction may not necessarily be a real one but could, and often does, only exist in the subject's mind. Social Anxiety is so great an issue, that it's considered to be the third largest psychological problem in the world today.

Social anxiety isn't limited to difficulty meeting people in face to face conversation but also includes;

Telephone ConversationsSocial OccasionsSimply Going Outdoors in Public PlacesBeing WatchedRecording (video and photo Cameras, Microphones etc)Instant Messaging, Chats, Facebook and other Web 2.0 Systems
Aspies t…

Do Aspie Children know at they are Different? - Part 4: Letting Your Child Know

There are at least three levels of recognition involved with the discovery that a child is different.

Adult Awareness
This invariably seems to come first - from parents, teachers, relatives, other parents and doctors. Usually these adults have enough discretion to avoid talking about the differences in front of the child - particularly if the child is unaware of the problem.

The Child's Personal Awareness
I hope that this series of posts has served to highlight an important truth - that the aspie becomes self-aware at a fairly early age. They won't know anything about aspergers itself but they will at least sense that they are different.

Peer Awareness
It also doesn't take long for a child's peer group at school to begin recognising the differences and, depending upon the environment and levels of supervision, taking advantage of them and/or bullying.

To Tell - or not to Tell
There is a very real fear on the part of aspie parents with aspie children that to tell their child wo…

Do Aspie Children know at they are Different? - Part 3: The Teenage Years

It seems that aspie children are well aware of their differences from an early age and that at the very least, this has significant impact on their ability to make and retain lasting friendships. So far however, the long term negative impact has been minimal but during the teenage years, this will begin to change.

When I first started at my new "secondary school", quite a large number of my primary school classmates came with me. Unfortunately, since my only friends by that stage were girls and since I was starting at a (then) all boys school, I started off with a lot of familiar names and faces but no friends.


The Comedy Act
My earliest forays with my classmates were in the form of comedy routines. I had no fear of acting stupid in front of others (aspie naievity) and I would be constantly harrased to perform my "invisible flea circus" act for others. I did this instead of conversation and I quickly earned a reputation for being weird. My new classmates had quickly m…