A life changing event affected our family eleven years ago when our grandson, Ben, at the age of nine was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, which is a form of autism. My wife and I began to study and research the subject so that we could be better equipped to provide adequate help forBen. Until the time of his official diagnosis, we had no idea how the entire family would have been impacted.

The first thing my wife did was search for a definition of autism. Autism is described as a neurological disorder that affects a person's development in the areas of communication and social skills. She also learned that no two people will have exactly the same symptoms nor the same level of severity.

After hearing a lecture from a leading authority at the time, she also learned that Aspergers Syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism. Not unlike regular autism, there are many levels of severity. Most Asperger children are slow in learning to walk, talk and become potty trained.

Even though Ben, my grandson, was typically diagnosed at the age of nine, we have observed the symptoms of Asperger Syndrome in him since he was a baby in his high chair. For the last twenty years we have been actively involved with helping Ben. Our first hand knowledge and hands-on experience in dealing with his handicap uniquely qualifies us to speak with authority on this subject.

As a way to help other parents and family members deal with thetrajedy of having an Aspergers Syndrome child, my wife Suebegan writingarticles regarding her experience with Ben. She covers such subjects such as Asperger symptoms, early signs, school problems, medical treatment and counseling. In some of the articles she also includes essays written by Ben which express his feelings about being a person who has Aspergers Syndrome.

If you have a child who exhibits any signs of Asperger, you are encouraged to seek professional help from competent medical personnel who are specialists in dealing with autism. It may be that your child, after beingproperly diagnosed, does not have Aspergers Syndrome but it is better to be safe than sorry.