www.trusera.com Tһіѕ іѕ Elaine Powell аחԁ һеr 8-year-οƖԁ son, Maxfield. Max һаѕ Aspergers Syndrome. Elaine, whose nickname іѕ calla οח Trusera.com, shares һеr ѕtοrу fοr tһе first time οח video. Shes a single mom tο two kids һеr older daughter mіɡһt һаνе Aspergers, tοο аחԁ wаѕ laid οff frοm һеr job аt a printing company earlier tһіѕ year. Hear Elaine talk аbουt һеr insights – wһісһ disciplinary аррrοасһеѕ work fοr һеr child (аחԁ wһісһ dont!), аחԁ tһе hope ѕһе һаѕ fοr tһе future, аחԁ һеr struggles – חοt having health insurance, һοw long іt took Max tο ɡеt diagnosed (years, חοt months!) аחԁ һеr loneliness. Presented bу Trusera.com, tһе online network wһеrе уου саח find аחԁ share real-world experiences wіtһ others wһο һаνе bееח tһеrе. Come. Listen. Share.

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25 Responses to “Single, jobless, and parenting a son with Aspergers”
  1. IndigoCat17 says:

    well if he was misdignosed many times he probally is a crystal child he seems so much like a crystal child your kid is special and he is here for a reason don’t give him drugs he won’t be doing what he is here for if u give him drugs!!!

  2. IndigoCat17 says:

    OMG just because he is shy and didn’t talk early doesn’t make him have a mental disorder it just makes him a shy kid!!

  3. derekox says:

    What if you had autism/aspergers but you didn’t know until you were 40 or something???

  4. wibarm says:

    Why have a kid when Aspergers runs in your family?

  5. jm2trash says:

    I think she’s doing the best she can, but I don’t think she realizes that he’s HEARING her say she’s scared he’ll never have a girlfriend. When he never responds, I think it’s easy to forget he’s listening.

  6. AnElephantThatPaints says:

    yeah, i agree that it isn’t right to talk about kids right in front of them. I like her positive attitude though. i honestly thought this was going to be a sob story when I saw the title, but it is a lot more rational.

  7. MONIQUEIJ says:

    @therealjimguy i agree with you

  8. earth2k8 says:

    Elaine – do you monitor these comments? I would like to know what you are doing now that Trusella is shut down?

  9. therealjimguy says:

    This woman seems like a horrible mother. She talks about maxwell like he is not in the room. She is going to raise a sociopath. He has feelings and everything the same as a normal person. What a horrible example she is setting!

  10. mervyish says:

    My 18 year old Aspie had a terrible time through school but is commuting to Uni now. I have struggled as a single parent dad with him but aren’t they special kids! People say it must be hard but I answer no it must be a lot harder for parents with “normal” 18 year olds. He is not in the park smoking dope or drinking, he conscientiously observes the law, doesn’t swear, I know exactly where he is and what he is doing. His experiences have given him inner strength and these kids are our future xx

  11. AspieAnswers says:

    He’ll be fine when he’s 30. He needs to focus on his abilities and his skills that he likes. I bet he’ll be a great programmer and maybe an introverted “nerdy” girlfriend. No worries. Keep supporting him and agreeing and smiling!!

  12. Amy2838 says:

    I agree. Unfortunately, although I have never been diagnosed, I am certain I also have Asperger’s and ADD. I try very hard to give my son the guidance he needs, but how am I supposed to teach him “how he is supposed to act” when I don’t know the answer myself! The best I can do is suggest my own coping mechanisms, such as looking at people’s mouth as they talk, rather than their eyes. Although I can completely relate to my son’s problems, I feel incompetent to help him. So frustrating.

  13. Amy2838 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I felt like you were telling my story. I especially connected with your views on discipline. Other people just don’t understand that yelling and punishing don’t work with Aspergers, and just exacerbate the problem. They see a child throwing a temper tantrum or walking circles around your chair, and they assume that his behavior is caused by a lack of discipline. So many people in the world are quick to judge and scorn. The world needs more compassion & forgiveness.

  14. modernmariorc says:

    governments are not into supporting families and mothers and kids with housing, insurance, day care, baby sitting, health insurance.

  15. modernmariorc says:

    pro-lifers would call you a welfare queen. like parenting isn’t work.

  16. gorramdoll says:

    aww he’s adorable

  17. vicky31mom says:

    Great story. My son was originally diagnosed with ADHD at almost 5 and then when he was 7 they finally came up with Asperger’s and then WOW something that makes sense! Im not working right now either and I practically single cause my hubby does nothing to help. Im back at school now to become a special ed teacher! I have a video about my son on my page!

  18. 05lianne says:

    your an amazing mum! i have asperger syndrome i was diognosed when i was 10 and now am 22 , i know its probably so hard hang on in there i know how much my mum helped me shes my hero but its hard for her and has been a uphill struggle hes blessed to have you as a mum just as i’m blessed for mine thanks lianne ;)

  19. nuvalord222 says:

    And how is having a kid with Asberger Syndrome BAD?!?

  20. NamekianPikkoro7 says:

    I think she has asperger’s to.

  21. 11krage says:

    Looks like your doing a great job, sure he’ll be different but really how boring would society be if we were all the same. 21 here with aspergers, watching your video made me think of all the things my mum did for me raising me, he’ll turn out fine.

  22. keonmeka says:

    I feel you Im in the same boat as you are. but there seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel i hope. my son was DS @ 5and I could work with the stress from his school and other life problems at the time. Though I had some day when it seem like I could go through life crying about it. I felt so bad for him. I had the same fears as you I kinda still do. But what I see helped was instead of hiding at home I started doing what other people did and taught him along the way how he suppose to act

  23. beastinblack says:

    reminds me of my nephew…and me! it really does take that long in many countries.

  24. xanderthegreatest says:

    Thank you, Elaine and Max, for sharing.
    As stressful and confusing single-handedly raising a Asperger’s child can be, I personally would not trade it for the world.
    May you and your family be blessed with peace and love.


  25. ischlopischlo says:

    I wish the actual autistic person was in focus more often with videos like this, I wonder how your son would talk about his diagnose himself, his perspective might be very different from your own.

    But nice video anyway I suppose.

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