This past week has been a surreal "Twilight Zone" experience in the state of Massachusetts. I will write something more poetic about that later... Today I was reading the weekly newsletter from the Autism Support Network and saw an extremely well written and informational article written by Michelle Garcia Winner, creator of the Social Thinking curriculum (click here for more details on Social Thinking).
You see, as my little guy gets older and his language has started to explode, I am seeing more of an Asperger's Syndrome profile than high functioning autism or PDD-NOS. I don't bother telling people that, since soon none of that will matter... We will now have one large umbrella for Autism Spectrum Disorders with various degrees of impairments. So, does it really matter whether I say my son has high functioning ASD, PDD-NOS or Asperger's Syndrome? THAT is exactly what this article is about. I highly recommend that you read it and learn about the upcoming changes and what they may mean for you and your family or loved ones with ASD.
In the meantime, my little guy will just be my little guy. He has been struggling with behavior regulation lately and it makes us stop and think.
I will quote something I wrote to a friend in an email: