My son has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a form of high-functioning autism. It is very different than what you would typically think of. He's completely verbal, has a very high IQ, but has difficulty with social interactions with peers and social skills. A lot of people say Bill Gates has Asperger's. My son is seven years old and is a complete delight, but we do have certain challenges with him.
There is an agency here in San Antonio that I have been working with for several months. It is called Any Baby Can and their motto is reaching families facing Autism. Well, today they sponsored a tea party for moms with kids who have autism or Asperger's. It was such a delight. I didn't have any tea, but there were yummy sandwiches, deserts, pasta salad. We were all given fancy hats, a gift bag with lotion, door prizes. It was nice to meet other moms who are going through the same thing and talk about our challenges. It was great just to take a time out from everything.
They also had child care and fed the kids Wendy's. Any Baby Can has an amazing playroom with tons of toys, great books, an outdoor playground. They had a bunch of volunteers come in. I think there were more volunteers than kids at one point. It was a lovely group of moms who do charity work with their daughters and they were so pleasant, eager to help, and wanting to get to know the kids. My kids loved it, and so did I. Any Baby Can is a wonderful organization for families who are dealing with autism. They have several programs for parents and a lot of resources available. I'm already looking forward to next year's tea party.