Eli has been re-classified and diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. This is both terrifying and expected but a new chapter in Eli’s life. To be honest, I really have no experience with the disease so now it is time to educate myself. The same questions and more come to my mind, the same fears and despair enter my mind. Eli is wonderful, and I wouldn’t want him any other way but yesterday at the field trip he took (in which I chaperoned) was an eye opening experience. The teachers FAIL to communicate the true nature of the amount of time Eli spends self soothing himself by stimming. I also watched him socially interact with some kids and although most of it was appropriate there were times when was unsure of himself.
All of this is very depressing and today will start my re-invention of being a parent to a special needs child. I need to learn the in and outs of this disorder and understand how I can better help Eli adjust. The main question now is do I tell Eli that he is an Aspergers kid? When do I tell him? and how?