From Asperger’s to ASD: A Dad’s Guide to Keeping Up with the Lingo

You might have noticed that ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’ has quietly stepped out of the spotlight, and ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD) is now taking center stage. What’s behind the renaming, and what does it mean for us and our extraordinary kids?

It’s a bit like updating software: The experts decided it was time to bundle features under one inclusive operating system – ASD. It’s not just a rebrand; it’s a move toward a more nuanced understanding of the spectrum.

Admittedly, change can be as challenging as assembling furniture without instructions. But as dads, we’re pros at piecing things together – whether it’s toys on Christmas Eve or the ever-changing landscape of autism terminology.

And really, what’s in a name? Whether it’s called Asperger’s or ASD, our mission remains the same: to support, celebrate, and champion our kids as they navigate the world in their unique way.

So, here’s to keeping up with the changes, not just in names, but in how we approach the beautiful complexity of the spectrum.

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