Hometown: Antioch, IL
July 7, 2012
Peter is 15, with Aspergers' Syndrome and ADHD.
Dana is 13, neurotypical and a social butterfly.
Antioch school district.
Peter does vegetarian cooking, animal studies, nutrition (obsessively), and fitness. He does Zumba classes, runs with the high school track team, 8-mile bike rides, and paddleboating. He has a lot of energy. He has no local friends, and it doesn't seem to bother him. He plays by himself most of the day, and when he gets bored, he expects Mom or Dad to do things with him. He has an adult helper to help him during church youthgroup activities, and is in a self-contained classroom.
Peter has difficulty with emotional regulation, impulsivity, attention, sensory processing, social skills, organization, and executive skills. He is very restrictive in what he eats--no meat (except occassionally chicken white meat or shrimp), no cheese, no fried food, no junk food, prefers whole grains and organic foods, and craves intense flavors, especially hot spicy food.
I'm an OT who works in schools, and mom of 2 teens, one who's an Aspie.