Lori - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
My daughter was diagnosed in the 1st grade with Aspergers. She was sweet and kind to others. Always involved in anything we did, just the 4 of us or the family as a whole. She was a girly girl. Everything was Disney Princesses and pink, all should would wear was pink. As she was getting older, she tried new colors and new movies and books to try new things in general. When she stated school, she was all about it. Always reading and asking questions. She even left the house very early one the moring, 1 hour before I would even have woken her up for school, to get on a bus bound for the high school because she thought she was late and didn'nt want to miss school. Yes, I was a paniced woman searching the town for her, but that's another story. In August last year, she turned 16 and everything has changed and sometimes not in a good way anymore. One day she threw all her clothes in a pile in her room and said she had nothing to wear. All she had left in her closet was a black hooded sweatshirt , 3 black t-shirts with some logos on them and 2 pairs of black jeans. She is refusing to wear anything that isn't black and she spent her allowance on all black nail polish, eye liner, lip stick and these lacy gloves. She doesn't talk to anyone in the house unless it's to scream at her younger brother or us to leave her alone. She has stopped participating in the family at all. She won't do her chores or homework. My husband and I have tried talking to her, yelling at her, punishing her, being extra nice and giving her more freedoms. Nothing is working and if she doesn't start doing her school work, she'll have to stay back. Does anyone have any advise for 2 worn out parents at the end of their rope?