My oldest is a boy, 26, and in law school. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which falls under the Autism Spectrum. He was 10 when he was first diagnosed, and yes, we knew something was a little off by the time he was two but no one knew anything back then about the Aspergers.
What I need to make clear here is that pediatricians are not specialized in the mental health area. Getting a free public school psychologist to make an assessment is a good start. But beware that it may not be enough. Back then all they told me was that he didn’t have ADD or ADHD – but that they didn’t know what. Be your child’s (or grandchild’s) advocate – keep asking for help. From kindergarten until fourth grade we got the same answers, not ADD or ADHD, but something else.
That was 16 years ago. He has an on-again off-again girlfriend. Nothing serious. He never wants children. But he sure would love someone to cook for him!
He has more passion than anyone I know. Whatever he ends up doing with his law career – I know he will be the best. He remains my biggest teacher, and is one of the funniest people I know.