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Posted by Jayne andrews on September 05, 2000 at 05:54:11:

In Reply to: Re: Please read to see if you have any suggestions :) posted by Dee on July 15, 2000 at 07:14:03:

: My son Nick is 16, and just diagnosed with asbergers syndrome. He wasn't obvious enough to know what to test for, he just never fit in with his age group. He's opositional, negative, tired, discouraged, with low self esteem. He would do off the wall behaviors just to try to fit in. His father denies there is a problem, and I just convinced him to allow me to put him on respridal. Now I've been struggling to convince Nick to take the medication, from reasoning, to threatening to take all privilages away. Last night was the first night he took his medication, and he was still up at 2:00 a.m., couldn't sleep, said he had a headache. I'm nervous, anxious, excited to see an improved lifestyle for him, with mimimal side effects. Wish Him luck
: Dee

Hi Dee, My son is twelve years old and has asbergers syndrome. The hardest thing is the lack of sleep. As his mum, i love him for what he is, accept his 'odd' behaviour try to build his self esteem and encourage him all the time. He needs time to be himself and as his behaviour is sometimes not socially acceptable for a twelve year old, we try to set aside time that he can be himself without having others judge him. I wish you luck with your son, but remember if you can't accept him and what he is you can't expect other people to accept him. he needs to know that in your eyes he is 'alright'. Good Luck, jayne Andrews

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