At the age of five, all my son cared about was this silly game, Pokémon. Any reasonable parent should try to persuade a child, who wasted the entire day organizing the “bug-like” Pokémon figurines into neat little rows, to take at least a fifteen minute break from the game, and learn his letters, or, at the very least, go outside and play on the swing.
I rued the day that I ever gifted him with the Pokémon game, which turned into such an all-consuming obsession! I tried persuasion. I tried bribery. Nothing would take his attention… Continue reading
Ever felt guilty about expecting too much from your Aspergers child? Shouldn’t you indulge him because your heart is bursting with sorrow over his plight? It’s not his fault, so shouldn’t you be the one to adapt?
Not according to the young adults I know who have come to terms with their condition. They either rejoice in the payoffs from a heavy handed workload imposed on them as children, or wish they had been pushed to learn more as they grew up. The large percentage of autistics, who stand a good chance of recovery, don’t mind… Continue reading