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NBC Parenthood Confronts Asperger's Syndrome Misconceptions

Do You View Children's Disabilities as "Situations"?

In last night's episode of Parenthood, Adam was approached twice by other parents who heard that Max had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. First Hank, the baseball coach, told Adam that "he heard about the situation" with the 8-year-old and asked the child back on the team. Later on, while watching Max's game, a teammate's father leaned forward and said, "By the way Adam, if you guys need anything — help with meals, rides to school, anything." to which Adam replied, "Thanks Scott. We can still feed and clothe ourselves." When a child is diagnosed with a physical or development disability, some people view it as a disappointing "situation," do you?

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xxstardust xxstardust 5 years
I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to offer to help with rides or something, especially in the scene in the show (based on the post, since I didn't actually watch the show). A new diagnosis can really screw up a family's schedule, and if you're schlepping one child to appointments, the offer of a teammate's parent to pick up and drop off another child could be a help. That said, unless the parent said something to ME first, I would never, ever bring it up, unless it was my sibling or BFF. And GOD I HATE JERSEY SHORE. The Situation lives by my house. ><
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Jersey Shore totally ruined the word 'situation' for me. It's definitely a different set of circumstances, and I'm sure it's tough on the parents. It's tough on anyone when their life unexpectedly changes. Some people mean well and have no tact, those 'helpful comments' are just another thing the parent will have to deal with.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
i don't know if i would have called it a "situation" and i definitely don't think the family needs help with things like carpooling and eating dinner any more than they may have before but it is a different environment for sure and the family will be different than if the child was not diagnosed...so it's fair to think things would change a little, but i don't think i'd make comments about it to another parent...it's none of my business, and the child did not die, so there is no need to say "sorry" or anything like that unless the conversation comes up on their accord
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