I find it fitting that the symbol for Autism is a puzzle piece. Not because “the pieces don’t fit”–I don’t think we’re broken, just different. But because being someone with Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder can be like being in a state of constant puzzlement. Add being a Mom, especially for the first time, into the mix, and you have the perfect recipe for confusion cake. (When you figure out what this tastes like, let me know!). To add to this confusion, there is very little information to help “Aspie” parents, even though there’s an abundance of info for parents OF Autistic children. Being a Mom on the Spectrum, this is very frustrating and disheartening, in a world where I already feel a little alienated.
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I am not a doctor, just a first-time mother. Advice on this blog should not replace advice from medical professionals. Please consult a doctor first and foremost for any medical issues you may encounter.
Also, I’m aware of the revisions to the DSM-5 manual which remove the diagnosis of “Asperger’s Syndrome”, however since Asperger’s is widely recognized and many have already received that particular diagnosis prior to the manual revision, the term will continue to be used in the blog.
Veranuem is a no-nonsense mom, Christian and an artist with Asperger’s, living in the Midwestern Ozarks with her patient husband, spirited daughter, and crazy cat. When she isn’t covering “taboo” topics on her blog, she can be found drawing, wiping drool off of things, and peeling notes for her next post off of a glue trap (at 3 A.M.).