September 2012


Asperger's Syndrome and Grief


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​Society has certain expectations of appropriate behaviors in every situation we encounter whether in the grocery store, on the phone, or attending a wedding or funeral. These unspoken expectations of behavior are known as the "hidden curriculum" and although they are not taught, society assumes we know them and will behave accordingly. Death and the experience of grief has its own language, rituals, uniqueness, and expectations. For someone with Asperger's Syndrome (A.S.), one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders, understanding the experience and expectations of grief is more challenging.
 
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September 21 2012


Ask Dr. Bob: When Can I Begin Dating


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Dr. Bob, 
After my wife died, I thought that I would never enter into a new relationship with another woman. Now, there are times that I think I would like to go out to lunch or something like that with someone of the opposite sex. Generally, these thoughts are accompanied by feelings of guilt. Is there a period of time I need to wait? What concerns should I have, if any? – Feeling Lonely
 
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September 21 2012


A Child's View: Back to School


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The end of summer; the end of sleeping in; the end of slacking off! 


For many grieving kids, fall can feel like another ending. You may even feel a little afraid to leave the safety of home and family. Nothing and nobody is the same since the death.

But fall can also feel like a new beginning: new teachers, new supplies, new friends, maybe even a new school. Some kids actually feel relieved to get back to the routine. You may be glad to take a break from all the memories and sadness and want to focus on something else for a change.
 
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September 21 2012


Coping with Grief in Doses


I don’t have time to grieve. My day consists of getting up and ready for work, getting the kids ready for school, walking the dog, taking the kids to school, driving to work and working eight hours, picking up the kids, walking the dog (who was my husband’s, by the way), making dinner and figuring out how to unclog the sink. If I only had one hour to grieve! 
 
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September 12 2012

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