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  •  As a parent of a teenager (19+ / 0-)

    with autism, I have to say... well, duh.

    A large part of educating our son has been helping figuring out the difference between a big deal, and no big whoop.  Because on his own, everything is a big deal.

    We've always referred to it as "getting stuck" -- he re-lives over and over and over over and over any misstep, and magnifies its importance.

    Its important to him that he can come home from school and tell us what is bothering him -- and know that we'll do our best to help him dissect the situation, figuring out what's going on in his head and, perhaps what's going on with someone else, too.

    Many, if not most, kids with autism have an anxiety disorder; they are so afraid of messing up, of other people, of being judged.

    But he's 16 now, has found a niche in high school, has friends.

    Thank gawd middle school is over!

    •  Well, duh. (6+ / 0-)

      I must say that as a parent of a 19-year-old on the spectrum, it took me until last year to realize that the reason that my son, who unlike me, is early for everything, is due to his anxiety about being late.  He left an hour before school every day (a 20-minute walk) and normally beat the first period teacher into the classroom.  As for me, operating on "Jewish time," I could do with a dose of that anxiety.

      If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? When I am only for myself, then what am "I"? And if not now, when?

      by betorah on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:24:49 PM PST

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