Finding Asperger Syndrome in the Family - a book of answers
Published by Emerald Publishing, 2007.
Also available from: Emerald Publishing
Four years ago we came away from receiving a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome (AS) for our son, Sam, with our heads reeling with questions. Some of those questions are here. In the intervening years I have talked to many people, particularly to parents newly facing a diagnosis (sometimes in a daughter, although more often in a son) and so other of these questions come from a kind of combined Asperger Child who emerges from us all.
One of those parents explained to me that part of her confusion came from the fact that she no longer felt that she knew her child. The experts who had given the label had, by doing so, seemed to understand her child's behaviour better than she did. The time from his birth until that point seemed to have been spent with one child; now she must let that person go and get to know this new, 'Asperger' child. This redrawing of the family map can be a difficult and painful process, and is one that is filled with questions. This book is for everyone coming to terms with that time. I hope it helps.