We always knew that she had a harder time in social settings, especially school, than anyone of her intelligence should have. Luckily, she attends a private school where the teachers are capable and caring enough to really work with her. We tried public school once and the result was disastrous. However, it was that disaster that led to the diagnosis that made everything a little clearer for all the people who love her and led to a treatment plan that has been working.
My daughter has Asperger's. The American Psychiatric Association wants to dispose of that term by lumping this disorder with Autism. The two are closely related and my daughter's psychiatrist has long referred to her as a "spectrum kid," however there is a huge difference between Asperger's and Autism.
I find this all upsetting, not so much for my daughter, because she attends a school that is smart enough to focus on teaching rather than labeling. Her school records make no mention of her academic or social problems. She is known by name and not by label. But a lot of kids aren't so lucky.
Maybe I don't understand. Maybe there's something I'm missing. I don't know. But it scares me.