Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It's Official

During the fall of last year I started to suspect that much of the drama in our lives was being caused by Asperger's Syndrome. I read a website about it and much of what I read made me think of Graham.

I jumped through hoops, read online, read books, talked to friends, prayed, and finally met with someone who assessed Graham and agreed that he did have AS. In fact, she heartily agreed. Nonetheless, she scheduled an appointment for us to see a psychiatrist who specializes in Asperger's and who comes to town one day a week to do assessments.

Today was the day. We met with Dr. M for about an hour or so. He talked to Graham, asked he and I questions, went through a couple of assessments and there it was, he officially diagnosed Graham with Asperger's Syndrome.

Now what?  Well, we'll hopefully have some therapy sessions, and I'll do more reading and praying and loving my boy.  And some days I will lose my mind and worry and yell and do all the wrong things.

And on Tuesday nights and then again on Saturdays I will watch the new NBC show Parenthood, because I love it and because the story features a child with Asperger's and BOY can I relate to what they talk about!!

Life sure throws us some curveballs, doesn't it?


  1. i know you are the perfect mom for your perfect son.

  2. Anonymous5:32 PM

    God only gives special kids to special moms!
    Signed the Mom of a specail boy named Boaz
    If you want to talk or anything let me know!

  3. I want to say "Oh wow...what a shock for you", but it sounds like you've kinda known for a while & this is just confirmation of what you already knew. Right?

    I know it's never fun to have a child labeled with one thing or another, BUT, it sure does help to have a label to point to & say "'s because of THAT" when you're stressed & confused by behaviors that he exhibits. I will join you in praying as you begin this new part of your journey in parenthood!

  4. You are an amazing mom! Your kids are blessed to have you, and I know you are so blessed by all of them!! BTW, love Parenthood, too! It may make me cry even more than Brothers and Sisters, but it's so touching and heartfelt and real!

    Praying for you and your family!

  5. exactly ditto to what Davi said. :) I admire you so much!

  6. Sometimes I think we are so afraid of labeling our kids that then we don't get the tools and help we need. Good for you for knowing your stuff and knowing your kid. THAT makes a great mom!