My son has Asperger’s syndrome. I have watched him struggle since he was very young. My wife has spent countless upon countless hours in therapy and doing homework with him. Teaching him to talk, read, write, and do math. She has a lot more patience than I do.
Now that he is approaching adulthood, he is struggling a lot with communication. He wants to fit in, to be part of a group, to be loved. That is pretty normal. It is also pretty hard for normal kids. Adolescence is bitch. For my son it is particularly hard. He has difficulty processing speech. It is like he lives in a foreign country with a language similar to his own but not quite his language. If you speak Spanish and you have ever heard a conversation in Portuguese or Italian, I think that is how it must feel. You kind of get what they may be talking about. You miss all the nuances, if they speak fast you are lost and there is a fairly good chance that you understood something completely different than what they are actually talking about. That is how I see my son right now.
I don’t know how to help him. I spend my days fixing people. If your blood pressure is high, I make it lower, your blood pressure is low I make it normal. You can’t breath, I put a tube in your throat and help you breath. I don’t know how to help my son. That is very frustrating. On the other hand, imagine how frustrating it must be for my son.
If you are religious, please pray for all the children that have special needs and for their parents. If you are not, then just send us your good vibes.