Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

You have done so much for L. Imagine if he were being reared in a stressful home, a home of people with their own anxiety disorders. L is so lucky to have his parents. The trick is in the stamina. The endurance. Just continue to try things until something is a fit. I'm confident that as an adult, your L will come into his own. :-)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for the words of encouragement! I know the anxiety will never fully leave him, but we do hope and hope he'll get better at coping with it as he gets older. He's already gotten better at dealing with it, and this is all good.

mouse's picture mouse

It's been interesting to read about how some people are simply hard-wired for anxiety. It doesn't appear to be a 1:1 correlation with Asperger's, but they seem to co-exist in a lot of cases. We've received the suggestion that we find a cognitive behavior specialist for Scooter--I guess the trick will be for him to learn coping strategies since this is not something that talk therapy would solve. I know that for me meditation and general mindfulness are most helpful, but that I also don't work on those often enough.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We know lots of parents whose kids have AS and anxiety issues as well...and this is such a tricky combination. I am happy to see that as L. gets older and understands himself more, he's able to talk about how he feels--this is a huge step.