Sunday, April 25, 2010

"...When the message is social in nature..."

In my experience, Dr Rosenberger's words (boldface emphasis mine) apply to the entire autism spectrum, not only Asperger Syndrome:

"One of the most helpful insights for a family can be understanding how a child with Asperger syndrome is limited in his or her comprehension of language. While atypical responses from Asperger kids can be frustrating, they are easier for a parent to tolerate when he or she understands that Asperger kids really don't interpret language in the same way. Though many parents insist that their child understands every word they say, with children on the autism spectrum this is frequently not the case, especially when the message is social in nature. This can be hard for some parents to accept, but once they do, the end result is less frustration all around."

Peter B. Rosenberger, M.D.
p xiii
from the Foreward
The Best Kind of Different
Our Family's Journey with Asperger's Syndrome
Sondra Schilling
Introduction by
Curt Schilling

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