The Depths of Despair
March 8 was a dark day, and March 22 was even worse.
Our son was very angry at us on March 8. He had lied to his teachers about us and lied to us about his teachers and we all found out so he was in 'trouble'.
He had also been OCD'ish for several days leading up to the 8th. One thing he'll often do when OCD'ish is he'll wear his backpack non-stop, taking it off only for bed and wearing it literally all other minutes of the day.
The other thing he does when OCD'ish is he transfers all of his schoolwork from one binder to another, and then to another, and then to another.
So anyhow, he was in 'trouble', sent to his room until dinner with the plan of he'd be going to bed once dinner was over and the kitchen was clean.
When we called him for dinner he responded that he was in the bathroom and not hungry. Fifteen minutes into dinner he was still in the bathroom and refused to come out.
After I insisted a couple times he finally came out and had his left wrist wrapped with toilet paper.
He walked up to me, laid his head on my chest, started crying and told me "Mom you need to call 911 because I attempted suicide".
I immediately flashed back to when I myself attempted suicide when I was younger than my son is now. My mother was physically abusive, and even more so verbally, and I'd had enough of it. One night I filled the bathroom cup with water and took it to my bedroom.
Anyhow, my son had taken a push-pin and dug it into his wrist and dragged it in the direction of his vein several times, enough to make a shallow cut into his wrist.
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I'm so tickled that authors have been contacting me and asking me to review their new books for them!
For as much time as I spend researching Asperger's Syndrome this website should have thousands of pages but because my son has Asperger's Syndrome I find that the things I want to work on very often are not the things that I have to work on so I'm still not able to spend as much time on it as I'd like to.
As he heads into adulthood (he turned 18 on Dec 13 and yes I need to update some things at my website such as my home page that says he's 17) I'm finding that I have even less time on my hands as I spend more time trying to master the puzzle of how to help him transition into "life after high school".
That's where Autism Tomorrow: The Complete Guide To Help Your Child Thrive In The Real World comes in. It's a guide to help your kids after high school. You'll find parts of the book will be applicable and some won't depending on your child's current age. Although the title implies "Autism after high school" there is still quite a bit in there about what to do before your child hits "real life". But overall a helpful book.
Please contact me if you'd like to send a copy of your book to me for review. I would absolutely love it!
Fiction, Non-fiction, Auto-Biographies, Instructional books, etc. I'm interested in them all. :) And if you autograph it that would be SUPER cool! ;)