The task of bringing up a child who has Asperger’s syndrome is challenging, but also very rewarding. As a parent or guardian to a child who has Asperger’s syndrome, you need to take the situation positively. You need to understand that the task of bringing up any child comes with unique challenges – because every child is unique in his or her own way. And inasmuch as you are able to figure out that your child has Asperger’s syndrome, you should be grateful for that diagnosis – because you’d otherwise have had to live with the kid’s quirks without knowing what was behind them. The moment you get an Asperger’s diagnosis, things are made easier for you: because you are able to understand your kid’s behaviors within the Asperger’s framework, and to understand how to deal with them properly within that framework.
The biggest challenge you will have to deal with, when bringing up a child who has Asperger’s syndrome, is that of ensuring that the kid grows up with good social skills. It is worth noting that the only difficulty that Asperger’s syndrome brings is in the area of social functioning. And, thankfully, there are lots of resources online that you can take advantage of, to come up with strategies for bringing up your Asperger’s kid, so as to ensure that he ends up with good social skills.
You don’t need to despair. There are people who were born with Asperger’s syndrome, but who were so well brought up that they ended up with more or less normal social lives. I came across one such person last month: a very kind lady who helped me to figure out how to use the Kroger feedback system. Much as she suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, the lady has many friends and acquaintances, and she carries herself with a lot of grace. She has a normal, even enviable, social life. I actually only got to know that she has Asperger’s when she introduced me to a support group she runs for parents with kids who suffer from Asperger’s syndrome. Otherwise there was absolutely nothing even remotely odd about her behavior, and there was no way one could tell that she suffers from the syndrome. Of course, levels of affectedness differ from one Asperger’s case to another. But it is a condition that can be well coped with. If you give your kid a positive upbringing, chances are that he or she will be able to cope well with life, notwithstanding the Asperger’s syndrome.