It's rare that I feel guilty about NOT watching TV.† But as the media buzz about NBC's Parenthood increases, I realize I really SHOULD have Tivo'd the last few episodes.† Apparently, the series has absolutely nailed the experience of having a child diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.
So in the category of "better late than never," I'm planning on watching Parenthood this weekend.† Meanwhile, though, you can add your thoughts about the series to this blog...† or check out the blogs and reviews that other About.com guides have offered.
And if you're among the many who just discovered Asperger syndrome through the series and want to know more, I invite you to explore some of these articles on the ups and downs of Asperger syndrome in both kids and adults:
- Is It Asperger Syndrome?
People with Asperger's Syndrome may have a tough time with social cues and small talk. They may also be very intelligent, and highly successful in their own areas of interest. Could you or someone you love be diagnosable with Asperger's Syndrome?
- What Are the Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger Syndrome?
What are the diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome? Here are the specific criteria as laid out in the official DSM-IV-TR diagnostic manual.
- How to Explain Your Child's Asperger Syndrome
Asperger syndrome is invisible, at least some of the time. At other times, though, symptoms rise to the surface. When should parents tell their children that they have Asperger syndrome? When and how should parents explain Asperger syndrome to other adults?
- Adults and Asperger Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome, a very high functioning form of autism, may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Could you or an adult in your life have Asperger Syndrome? How can you find out? What should you do next?