Asperger's diagnosis

Katherine - posted on 07/24/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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16 yr old just diagnosed with Asperger's 2 months ago after spending time in Mental Health Ward. Placed there because of attempted suicide.
Also was diagnosed with Epilepsy 2 years ago.

Any suggestions on how to help him at such an old age?

He refuses to acknowledge either diagnosis'. He is on Medication for the Epilepsy.

Thanks, new to COM.

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Alicia - posted on 08/05/2012

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My daughter is also diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. The way I helped her was by becoming an advocate and learning all I could on aspergers and learning more on my own. Get him into therapy to help him understand his diagnosis and see if there is a teen club in your area.

Katherine - posted on 07/30/2012

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Thank you Lisa and Anaquita,

Our Neurologist is sending his list of phychologist that deal with Asperger's.

I like the book idea. It has been brought up to him also but at the time he was still angry.

His biggest need is socialization. We live alone most of the year on 400 acres of forest/wildlife land. School kept him with people to some extent but summer has been long and he has spent most of his time alone as his Dad and I caretake.

Lisa - posted on 07/30/2012

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Anaquita is right; you need to help him deal with the depression by finding him a good psychologist.

You might also want to get him some books written by and/or about people with Asperger's. It will help him see that getting this diagnosis is not a negative thing. It can be very empowering to know that you are different but that there are many others like you, and they have had great success in life.

I love the book, Look Me in the Eyes. It helped me and my family to understand my son better. There is also this one, Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome. It was written by a teenager and he is very proud of who he is. His name is Luke Jackson. Your son might also benefit from checking out Luke's website: http://www.yourlittleprofessor.com/freak...
I think the part called, "I Don't Have Asperger's" will be particularly beneficial.

Hope that helps.

Anaquita - posted on 07/25/2012

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Therapy. Take your time to find a good psychologist to help him with his depression, and find any other relevant therapies, for his needs, from there. They should also help you, help him. Good luck!

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