Does not define my living
I'm a unique boy
Lil' Expert is our chess pro, math wizard, information gatherer, computer genius, dog loving, first born son.
Lil' Expert has all of these terrific qualities and he also has Asperger's Syndrome, which is part of the Autism Spectrum. He is in good company. It's likely Albert Einstein had Asperger's, and so did Thomas Jefferson. Bill Gates is also said to have it.
Lil' Expert was diagnosed when he was four years old, but he has always been a special boy. At age one he collected balls of every shape and size and spent most of his time lining them up, ordering them, and organizing them. Later, he moved on to hangers and then toothbrushes. As he has grown his collections have become more typical like Star Wars toys and Pokemon cards.
Lil' Expert is known to tell it like it is! On a recent shuttle ride to the county fair the driver was smoking and Lil' Expert immediately told him the hard facts and consequences of smoking. Last year, on his T- ball baseball team, he played catcher and his coach had to get after him for "trash talking" the kindergartners on the other team during batting. A couple of previous posts "Don't Ask" and "Collections" reflect Lil' Expert at his finest! We are continually working on his social skills.
Asperger's is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects early brain development. Often causing communication difficulties and problems with social interactions. In preschool, Lil' Expert preferred to do his own thing and it was challenging for him to interact with others
- Deficiencies in social skills
- Difficulties with transitions or changes, preference for sameness
- Obsessive routines
- Repetitive motions
- Restricted interests
- Difficulty reading nonverbal cues
- Sensory issues
- Difficulty with space and boundaries
This last month, Lil' Expert qualified and attended the Arizona State Chess Championships. Here is what his coach had to say about him in a flier to the school:
"Congratulations to Lil' Expert, 1st grader, as he represented the school in the K-1st grade section at the Arizona State chess championships. He was able to win two games plus a drawn (tie) game out of seven games he played against the best players throughout the state. Super Job!"
Lil' Expert we are so proud of you. You are a unique gift to us. We love you!
"You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes even if it's just in your own eyes." - Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
CNN recently featured a day of stories all related to Autism and recent developments about Spectrum Disorders. They also have links listed to Autism information websites. Check it out here:
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