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Asperger’s Struggles in Adolescence

“I have a very lonely and depressed 17 year old son with Asperger’s that spends all of his time (except for going to school) in his bedroom playing video games. I don’t totally understand why he is always so down in the dumps. I wish there was something I could do to help him find some friends and start enjoying life. Any suggestions?”

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AspieMom said...

Thank you for your very realistic honesty. We recently found out that our 14 yr Aspie son had discovered porn on the internet. It started out very innocent, watching videos on early Pokemon manga, then he clicked on some of the early Pokemon manga that showed the female trainers with substantially sexier bodies and outfits than are shown today! That led to clicking on seeing the female Pokemon trainers naked, and the next thing we knew he suddenly was locking his bedroom door and wearing his earphones while on his computer! This went on for about four days before we saw the "history" on his computer, and had to have a long talk with him. I allowed him to watch some anime cartoons that he'd been watching as they were what I would call rated PG, but then after he finished that series, he was over it, and back to regular Pokemon, and Mario Brothers. But, I know that all of these other things will come up one day soon, so I appreciate your advice so much! He just started ABA therapy for the first time in his life, and the therapists are encouraging him to use Facebook, email and even Twitter! :) Ah, teenagers!

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