My son was diagnosed with Aspergers at age 4. He is now 15. He currently attends Lifeworks in Tigard, where they help teenagers deal with a variety of issues as well as school classes. He has been attending Lifeworks since 7th grade. He has had behavior issues througout grade school, but was able to attend regular school K-5. In 6th grade, the first year of middle school, the wheels came off, and my wife and I knew we had to get more help. My son has been on a variety of medications since about 5. This year has been really difficult, he is currently at the hospital (third time in a year) while our doctors change his medications. He wants to come home, but we have to get him to a residential center next week so he can get more help. He is showing signs of Bipolar illness also, which they are trying to treat also. We visit him every night at the hospital, and it is emotionally very difficult to leave him, but we are having such trouble at home with him that we feel this is necessary. The effect of having a special needs child on the family cannot hardly be understood by someone without such a child. But we both love him very much and remain hopefull that we can help him to get to where he can have a good life where he can live with his limitations. The adolescent years with an asperger child are very difficult for everyone involved, but is manageble with help. Good luck.
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