Understanding structure and rules is essential for anyone who is parenting, teaching or befriending a person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A breach in the rules or the structure can be much more disturbing than even the most grave of social missteps. A 2010 novel by Jodi Picoult, “House Rules,” is about a young man diagnosed with Asperger’s who gets caught up in a murder mystery, and it does a great job of depicting how all-consuming the rules can become in the lives of those of us touched by autism.
After taking on cancer, running a mayoral campaign (which failed, unfortunately), raising a child with Asperger’s with all its ups and downs, sending a daughter off to college (Haddie) and having a new baby, Adam and Kristina are now starting a charter school. Where do they get the energy? I want to know what they eat for breakfast!
Oh wow. This episode of “Parenthood” is a tough one to blog about. Reading portions of the script, I recognize similar situations from my years of school consulting. It infuriates me that Max was subjected to a peer’s bullying behavior, and the lack of response from the school administration is upsetting.
Children and teens diagnosed with ASD are too often the targets of pernicious and vile bullying. How to deal with it is something I discuss with all my patients with diagnoses on the spectrum, and it’s a topic we discuss nearly every day with our son, Frankie.