I have two kids with AS. One is 28 years old and the other is 20. So, I believe I have a lot of experience. My son has finished college and is working full time. He is about a month out in starting up his own company. My daughter is still in High School. She will be graduating next year and is in line to recieve Florida's Bright Futures scholarship
. She will be the first kid to recieve that, as only "normal kids" qualifiy. I have had many a fight with the school boards, we have lived both in Minnesota and Florida. You can't believe how labels affect your child and how you are listened to in the schools.
My advise, if what ever you are planning on implementing with your kids seem weird or disgusting to your kids, don't do it. Your kids need encouragement, lot of it. Don't go off into some weird diet or anything else that makes them feel different. Just keep letting them know that they have to work harder and longer. Don't give in and let them get away with less homework or let your emotions get in the way of getting the best out of them. My kids have suffered with seizures, food dislikes, bullying, (also by teachers). They have had panic attacks and nightmares. It has been a very difficult path to follow, and I haven't always been a perfect parent. But, I don't want my kids to think just because they have a disability, they are different. When they reach adulthood, there just aren't any excuses not to live like a person without AS, you just have to want to do it. We have been through a lot with the school districts, you just have to hold on and keep it real. Don't let the system bully you. I could write a book on our experiences. But, we are now at a happy place, and the kids are doing well. I hope this thread keeps going for a long time.