Am I the only one who doesn't really care for this diagnosis? I know that sounds really awful. I have had many people say "Oh you know that's a symptom of aspergers, right?" when in a conversation about our children or seeing things my children do. I looked up the traits of aspergers, my children all have a lot of these traits, as well and my husband and I. My oldest uses a headset when I give her worksheets because it helps her, she gets it done with no complaints or fuss and there always right, other wise there's tears and half the page is wrong or not even done. Then there's my youngest walks on her toes not all the time but a lot, I bought her ballet shoes. I really don't believe in forcing her to walk flat footed if she prefers to walk on her toes. I do know that there is concern with how their muscles/tendons will form but since I am not going to force her to walk in a way that she doesn't want to I will do stretches with her to make sure her tendons grow right. Am I wrong to think that focusing intently on things they like and having a preference for small groups of friends and family are not bad things or traits that need to be fixed? They tend to be pretty smart with things that they like or have interest in, why is that a bad thing? I eespecially do not believe in medicating children for everything. I see medication as an extreme measure only to be used in extremely rare situations.
I know there are many families with autistic children and for their families it's very difficult to communicate or interact and in those cases I see how getting help from therapists would be beneficial. However I have seen several children that have been diagnosed autistic or with aspergers and what I have seen is those children are either like my kids but being forced to do things that are uncomfortable to them or in ways that they wouldn't do them or there are kids that I see that just seem to be brats and are then diagnosed since they are just uncontrollable.
I'm sorry if this has offended anyone but I feel that labels (I won't even start on ADD or ADHD), diagnoses and medication are far to over used by doctors, teachers and parents. I happen to think my children are fabulous the way they are and I love their personalities (even thought they clash with mine sometimes and make me a bit batty) and I have no desire to cut off their personalities to make them blend into the crowd (or classroom). OK my soap box rant is over now.