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Originally posted by Whisper67
Wow, I'm really surprised this isn't posted on ATS vs BTS.
I hear ya. The only way I can say I relate or know a shred about the topic is my own experience. My daughter is diagnosed with asperbergs or even perhaps further down the Autism said spectrum.
That said, I don't allow her 'special' prevliages or a pass on bad behaviour. She's a great kid but when she gets over stimulated things can become overwhelming to the point of her acting out. As a parent, I feel it's my job to assist her in dealing with these symptoms and impulses to better prepare her for her future.
Of course, the doctors wanted to put her on meds from age 3. I totally was not accepting of this for numerous reasons. For one, they still don't even know what these meds do long term to a growing brain. Most of all, again my duty as a parent is to help her with this process not create a zombie. I gave in when they said it would help her in school to better concentrate. You know where this is going don't you? It turned her into a lil demon! She was not my daughter and even she knew something wasn't normal. She stated the Leprechan came and stole her brain. I took her off it immediately.
It can cause a symptom called disinhibition - where a child will know it's wrong to do something like throw a baseball through a window but still be unable to stop himself. So a lot of these people you mention wanting to get off scott free for bad behavior, I have to wonder who made who. And who did not accept responsibility and teach the child therefore they don't have responsibility.
I'm not insensitive to the needs of others. Just merely that I think as a society, starting with the family, we need to stop leaning on the government/establishment to solve our problems and take action and accountability for ourselves and our children.
[edit on 6/26/2010 by Whisper67]
Originally posted by Oneolddude
I read a post somewhere that a Psychologist said they thought that Obama may have a very mild form of Aspergers.
I am not sure why they said that it was from just observation I suppose.
My sons friend has it and I always thought he was a thoughtless @sshole then I realized he did not know he was being one.
Very intelligent young man that has kind of figured it out since he has gotten older and had more life experiences.
Originally posted by snowflake_obsidian
I don't think my little brother (who is now about 20) has been properly diagnosed with aspergers syndrome but my mom swears up and down that he has it (along with a diagnosis of ADHD, she thinks she has them too) and I feel my mom has not only allowed but taught him how to use this as an excuse to misbehave and to not better himself and has became one of these people who is always preaching autism rights. Anytime my bro would get in trouble (big trouble) in school she would threaten the school with court saying they couldn't punish him because of his issues. He lives at home and is totally interdependent on her because he hasn't been taught to rise above and work with these issues. My mom also uses AS and ADHD to not work and live off the government.
I know that there are plenty of adults with these issues that live independent and fulfilling lives and it is sad that people feel the need to use them as excuses to further themselves down a downward spiral.