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toask you if you would have a problem with someone who has Aspergers Syndrome looking after your children?

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AtYourCervix Thu 25-Aug-11 14:02:56

Babysitting, nursery or nannying type childcare.

Would you want to know?

Would it be an issue?

Mabelface Thu 25-Aug-11 14:05:08

As I have a lovely friend who happens to have Aspergers who has no problems looking after her own two children, I'd say no, dependent on the severity of their ASD.

ChristinedePizan Thu 25-Aug-11 14:05:19

Most adults don't have a DX so potentially anyone looking after children could have Aspergers.

But no, even if I knew, it wouldn't bother me.

Shakirasma Thu 25-Aug-11 14:06:52

Depends on the person. But as a generalisation, no of course I wouldn't have a problem.

Thousands of AS adults have kids of their own and are perfectly good parents.

Glitterknickaz Thu 25-Aug-11 14:07:43

The spectrum even within Aspergers is huge.
I have two sons who have it who function at completely different levels.
It very much depends on the individual, their perception of safety, the way they behave.

scrambedeggs Thu 25-Aug-11 14:07:55


Miggsie Thu 25-Aug-11 14:09:24

Not at all, my best friend is AS (she has children) and she's better at looking after kids than I am, she takes them out, plays lego endlessly, cooks nice food...however, an AS with no previous experience of kids, then, yes, because they don't know the "rules" yet. But then, any person with no experience of kids would make a hash of it with a challenging child.

scuzy Thu 25-Aug-11 14:10:43

i would be more concerned they are qualified have the training and are vetted.

do those that work in these sectors have to disclose any of that kind of information?

easilydistracted Thu 25-Aug-11 14:11:53

Agree it depends on the person and the severity of their AS! I have 2 close relatives with AS and wouldn't want either of them looking after DSs alone, but that's because of how they happen to be themselves, depends on the person.

AtYourCervix Thu 25-Aug-11 14:12:55

Testing waters for DD who thinks she might like to do some sort of childcare thing after school.
No idea if it's going to cause problems though. hope not.

Pelagia Thu 25-Aug-11 14:13:07

I wouldn't really see it as relevant. Whoever looks after my children I do make sure they are sensible, kind, responsible and in good enough health to keep the children safe and happy. But you can tell that from meeting someone really and seeing how the children get on with them. I think the only thing I would want to know about if a carer was in sole charge is them being likely to have a sudden fit, e.g. untreated epilepsy.

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Thu 25-Aug-11 14:29:31

Excellent post Pelagia. Anyone who looks after my DD must be kind and patient and responsible. As long as your DD fulfills my criteria, I couldn't give a toss about any diagnosis.
As a matter of fact, one of DHs students who had Aspergers did babysit DD a couple of times. He was brilliant.

slug Thu 25-Aug-11 14:29:50

Depends on the level. My DB is on the Aspergers spectrum. (He's currently doing a PhD, so his obsessive attention to detail is put to some good use.) He is simply the most fabulous babysitter there is. DD and her cousins all fight over who gets to have him come and look after them. The reason it works so well is he functions, emotionally, at their level. He treats them and behaves like their absolute equal and can happily spend hours playing games that make me go cross eyed with the tedium. And yet, he also has the authority of an adult and can be relied on to keep them out of trouble and home on time.

I always tell him if the academic world does not pan out as he hoped, a career as a Manny awaits.

MumblingRagDoll Thu 25-Aug-11 14:32:24

If the person had managed to train then they would be fine wouldn't they? mean they wouldn'tget through work experience if they were not yes.

MumblingRagDoll Thu 25-Aug-11 14:33:44

I mean yes I would be ok with them looking after my DC!

JanMorrow Thu 25-Aug-11 14:41:04

Yes, it depends on their abilities obviously, but I don't see why not. My cousin has looked after my daughter and he's got aspergers.

bubblesincoffee Thu 25-Aug-11 14:43:04

I don't think I would have a problem with it, but it depends on the person. My ds has AS, and as he gets older I could see that he may not have a lot of patience with small children because of his sensitivity to noise which obviously wouldn't work well, plus flexibilty with things isn't a strong point of his. And his ability to empathise with children may not be condusive to a career in childcare either.

But on the other hand, I have friends who have a 23yo son who is autistic, and much much further along the spectrum than my ds, and he is absolutely fabulous with children. They all seem to flock around him and adore him! He in return has an amazing capabilty to recognise their needs, much more than I would have initially thought an autistic adult to be capable of. He would be great at childcare, but sadly I don't think he would be able to do it full time, again because of the patience thing because he does need to have space and somewhere to retreat to when he gets overwhelmed with sensory overload.

CMOTdibbler Thu 25-Aug-11 14:47:00

No problem at all

TheOriginalDesperateHousewife Thu 25-Aug-11 14:49:41

What Pelagia said - but put it better than I could. smile

Mobly Thu 25-Aug-11 14:55:26

No not at all. I would judge the childcarer on their ability to care for my children. The disability does not define the person.

LemonDifficult Thu 25-Aug-11 14:57:08

I have an Asperger's friend who is a nursery nurse. She's very good at it, very careful. The Asperger's in itself wouldn't worry me, the general behaviour of anyone looking after my child would be more relevant.

CardyMow Thu 25-Aug-11 15:54:47

What's wrong with uncontrolled epilepsy? I look after my own 4dc and I have uncontrolled epilepsy. Does it make me incapable? I have safety measures put in place. And if I was working with children, I wouldn't be alone if I was in a nursery environment. And I WOULDN'T have to declare my epilepsy to either my employers OR the customers (parents, in a nursery setting). Why is that a problem?? Discrimination against people with epilepsy, much? SO AS is no problem, but we don't want an epileptic looking after our precious dc...

<<Shakes head at such medieval attitudes to epilepsy>>

TheOriginalDesperateHousewife Thu 25-Aug-11 16:05:26

Would you seriously not tell an employer if you were a nanny and had sole charge of their baby Loudlass?

As you say you have safety measures in place.........

Red2011 Thu 25-Aug-11 16:08:12

One of my friends has Aspergers and I would have no problem with him looking after my DD.

Pelagia Thu 25-Aug-11 16:09:35

Loudlass, I am very sorry, I really didn't mean to offend you.

I was trying to think of an example of an illness/condition where there was a likelihood that the only adult looking after children might suddenly not be able to do so. My friend's DH is not allowed to drive because he has fits sometimes. I don't know what uncontrolled epilepsy is as opposed to untreated - I meant someone who has fits and doesn't know why, can't predict them, won't take their treatments type of situation. I was thinking of 'hypothetical stubborn MIL demanding access to her gc'.

I said 'carer in sole charge' because if it was in a nursery setting it clearly wouldn't matter a jot, whereas for a nanny it would be different.

Again I really really didn't mean to be ignorant or offensive, sorry. Not sure I have made much sense with this post, I do hope you see what I meant.

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