Your brain is an amazing organ. It can be your best friend. But it can also be dead wrong about some things.
For example, if you have Asperger Syndrome, your brain may absorb facts that interest you like a berserk vacuum cleaner. But it may also tell you that you have to share those facts with anyone you encounter.
For years I've written about how Asperger Syndrome has affected my son, Drew. Drew has started a blog so he can share his own perspectives. You can follow this link to a blog entry he wrote comparing social interaction to a poker game.
I recently wrote an article about the challenges parents face helping their young daughters make appropriate clothing choices in the face of increasing fashion industry pressure to look and dress “sexy.”
Another side to this issue is the effect this pressure has on young boys.
An opportunity to help boys with Asperger Syndrome and similar forms of autism to "man up." I’m not talking about being macho. I’m talking about learning about things such as sexuality, protecting oneself from sexual predators, and using a public men's room.
Another summer is coming. How can you help your child use it to make things better for the next school year? If your child has Asperger Syndrome or autism, you might consider making it “the summer of social skills.”
On summer days, I’d go to a community pool with the kids from the neighborhood. One day, before I learned to swim, I found myself past the rope with floats that marked the deep water. I stepped in the wrong direction and my head slipped below the surface.