My oldest is a boy, going on 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.