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Raising a Child With Asperger's Syndrome

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Since her husband retired at the end of the 2007 World Series, Shonda's life has become "absolutely easier, because for the first couple of months he said, "Whose kids are these?' and he could see that Grant was exhausting. He would come home and sit down and think we're all going to eat a balanced meal and you've got one (child) who's not putting food in his mouth (Gehrig was anorexic) and one that won't touch certain textures"and so he realized that parenting was a lot more than let me raise your voice. But Curt loves parenting. I don't think anything could drag him back to baseball right now."

Asked about the positive effect Grant's Asperger Syndrome had on her, Shonda replied, "I cannot even begin to tell you how much happier I am, just because I realize that there's just so many things in life that don't matter, and how neat it is to live truthfully through someone else's eyes, like his. One great example is I read the thank yous' at the end of the book, the dedications, and I said, "I want you to listen to this and tell me what you think.' And I read it to Grant and his eyes filled up and he jumped on me and he hugged me and he kissed me and he's crying and he says, "I just want you to know how much that means to me.' And he was just nine years old and I am so proud of him and it's so awesome that he gets to live his life so true"He's always a blessing. He's always with you when he's with you and that's just a neat thing."

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Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public (more...)

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