Dear Dr. Archer,
I recently saw you on HLN with Dr. Drew. I have a 22 year old son diagnosed with Asperger’s who has come home from a college program which is geared to working with young adults similar to my son. It has been recommended to us by the college director and my son's counselor that he get further treatment and get evaluated.
They have seen symptoms in my son and believe he's exhibiting certain behaviors that are not appropriate. We understand and will do whatever it takes to get him to the right facility. BUT, we do not know of any programs, and I don't feel comfortable putting him in a facility I know nothing about.
I would appreciate any help or advice you can give me. The longer my son is back home, the harder it will be to get him out. We are new to the Florida area, so he has no friends. He stays in his room and plays video and online games 24/7. He only leaves his room to get something to eat or to go to his appointments.
I know you're busy, but whatever you can do, I would so appreciate it. I will also try to get in touch with Dr. Drew. Thank you for your time and for reading this.
I am not familiar with the programs in Florida and therefore unable to make a recommendation. Since you are new to Florida, I suggest you check out the Parenting Asperger’s Community which lists support groups throughout the state. You can also check out HealthyState.org which is geared toward young adults with Asperger's to help them not only cope, but succeed. Help doesn't need to be just in your area, either. Check out Asperger Center and AspergerSyndrome.org for information, resources and professionals which can help you.
In addition, I must say I find it concerning that your son is in college and this is the first time you have had a problem with his behavior. This makes the diagnosis of autism at least questionable. I would get a second opinion, just to be sure. Asperger's, a category of the Autistic Spectrum Disorders, is a lifelong condition that affects the ability to socialize well with others. This would have been apparent long before college.
For more on my website, read My Neighbor's Son Seems Like A Robot and Dina's 15 Year Old Son Loses Interest In Everything, including the comments. Also, Lois, you can also check out MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD.
Again, if you have any doubt whatsoever, get another diagnosis for your son from a reputable center, which you can find from any of the above links. I wish you and your son the best.
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