Our fundraising concert for Riley's service dog is tomorrow. There will likely be many in attendance who don't know what Asperger's is. Recently, we sat down as a family and discussed what we want people to know about Asperger's. We'll be distributing the following information at the concert:
Asperger’s is a high functioning form of autism. Most people with Asperger’s have heightened sensory systems and difficulty reading social nuances. Many with Asperger’s have low frustration tolerances. Children with Asperger’s may have gross and fine motor delays. The Aspergian may have narrow areas of interest, and may appear to have a lack of empathy.
What Riley wants you to know
-I am trying my best even when I have a hard time.
-I am unique.
-I am a sensitive person.
-I sometimes have a hard time making friends because I don't know what to say.
What Seth wants you to know
-I love my sister.
What Todd and Michelle want you to know
- An impaired ability to read social cues or facial expressions does not equal a lack of empathy. Riley is an extremely empathetic child but sometimes situations have to be explained to her before empathy is evident.
- Bio-medical treatments for autism exist, and children are recovering to various degrees. Riley has made huge strides over the last several years.
-Medical insurance companies routinely discriminate against children with autism, refusing coverage for needed services. This has happened to us repeatedly.
-We are not anti-vaccine, but we believe the current government mandated vaccine schedule is too much too soon, and we encourage parents to educate themselves on vaccine safety. One size does not fit all. www.4ahealing.com
-Riley is the sweetest, kindest person you will ever meet. She is a gifted writer and artist. She and Seth are our joy, and our greatest blessings.
We plan on having a wonderful, family event. Happy holidays everyone!