Single mother of child with Asperger's and ADHD

Shannon - posted on 10/13/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I'm a single mother of an amazing 4 yr. old boy diagnosed with Aspergers (high functioning autism) and ADHD with impulsivity. I don't have a support network in the area in which I live and needless to say, many days are a struggle. I'm struggling with my boyfriend of over a year becoming more and more critical of my son since he received his diagnosis. I've asked him to please educate himself on the topic so that he can identify and understand what I and the experts see, but he continues to say that my son is acting out intentionally and is playing me? His support has definitely declined and I see him withdrawing from my son, even though my son is making great strides with therapy. How can I get him to understand and appreciate the uniqueness in my son and not think it's just him being a 'bad boy'?

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Lindy - posted on 10/15/2015

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I feel so sorry for you in this difficult situation. It can always be very difficult for many people to understand diagnosises like this one. Of course, it requires time to learn how you will need to respond and deal with behavior issues. I have family members who have had ADHD and they make incredible improvement on medication. You are right to try to get as much information as possible and to educate yourself. Do you think your boyfriend would consider going with you to an appointment to hear the doctor speak to him about the diagnosis? Some people do better hearing this kind of news from a doctor and maybe he can be encouraged to learn more about it.

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