Parents, Grandparents and Siblings Corner is a section for the family members of individuals with ASD/NLD to tell their stories or communicate their feelings about their loved ones. Any person who would like to have their story posted here, please email or USPS mail ASPEN.
Victoria K., 13 years-old, big sister to 9 year-old Nicholas
Grandparenting is a delicate balancing act under the best of circumstances, but if your grandchild has special needs it can become a very thin tightrope. At ASPEN, we have heard the voices of grandparents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High-functioning-autism (HFA) and are addressing those concerns.
Every parent has a tendency to be protective of his or her children, but as parents of a special needs child we probably have a tendency to be over-protective. This may be a disservice to him because we hope that he will be as independent as possible when he leaves the safety of our home. How can we know when to intervene on his behalf and when to just let him make the mistakes he will make and possibly suffer the consequences?
Sherri N. Orenberg-Ruggieri
Sherri N. Orenberg-Ruggieri, for Rachel, September 2003
Jeane Wharton, Pierre, SD
Jody Bookert, Mom to Chesney and Aja
Shelly Lupton, mother of 7 year old boy, Evan
Dave and Char Behling, Janesville, Wisconsin
Jennifer Vroom Braun
A website by Robert Parish, about his son Jack
Elly, Mom of Josh, age 3-1/2, with AS
Erin Duffy, Proud Mom of James age 4 Dx Asperger Syndrome
Member, ASPEN, Middlesex/Union Counties Chapter
Lynn Siegel, Mother of Jeremy