There are many books and articles out there about the difficulty that neurotypical parents have in raising Asperger children. Neurotypical parents find out that their child is on the autism spectrum, and they often experience a sense of grief when they come to realize that their child will never be what they might have envisioned. The child may be quirky, awkward, and difficult to relate to.
There is a well-known poem in the autistic community called "Welcome to Holland" by Emily Perl Kingsley. It tells of excited parents hearing everyone else talk about going to Italy. They pack their bags. They are so excited to see Italy like everyone else. Their trip destination is suddenly changed, and they end up in Holland instead. Italy clearly isn't Holland. But they must enjoy Holland for the beauty that it is. In the same way, people must enjoy the personality, challenges, and the love that their autistic child brings into the world.
There is another side of the coin, however. What about when the reverse is true? There are many people who have Asperger's disorder who go on to get pregnant. One or both parents might be undiagnosed but still on the autism spectrum. There is a chance that the baby may turn out to be an aspie as well. The child fits in just fine with the parent who behaves in a similar way to them. After all, many aspies run in the family. But sometimes a neurotypical child is born to one or both aspie parents.
This audiobook seeks to provide you with the deficiencies that can occur between a neurotypical child and a parent who has Asperger syndrome or who falls on the autism spectrum. We hope to educate adult children who grew up with an aspie as to why they might be experiencing Complex-PTSD, who may have felt alienated as children, and who are largely confused in their world. This audiobook also seeks to educate those who may mentor or work with an NT child who was born into an aspie family or who has constant exposure to aspies.
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not perfect but not terrible
- Steffanie Daniele Doles