"Parenthood" TV show
ok so last night while flipping around on the TV i happened to pass by the TV show "Parenthood" on American TV (it's a pretty crappy show). unfortunately i happened upon a scene where two parents of a young child where discussing whether or not their child had aspergers. someone at school had apparently suggested they get their child tested for one reason or another, the mother was "receptive" but the father basically "flipped out" and denied that it was even a remote possibility (his tone suggested that someone had told them the equivalent of telling them that their child could possibly be the next antichrist or "gay hitler"). i didn't watch the whole show but i watched a few minutes of their discourse and flipped away. when i came back to it, the two parents were now at the home of a family that has an aspergers child. these parents were basically giving a rundown of what a horror story it is to have an aspergers child (with the TV sugar coating to make it seem like they were "coping" with it). the mother had pulled out some organizer that had all of these color coded cards with things like schedules, therapist numbers, behaviorists, and schedules for when the couple could have sex since dealing with their child was such a burdon that they couldn't possibly be intimate in any other way. all the while their child was bouncing off the walls moving from one random thing to the next, eventually plugging in his electric guitar and jamming out at a volume that drowned out the conversation in the other room. they painted a picture of complete chaos.
so basically, i know that having a child on the spectrum is a difficult job (depending on the level). but is this the "awareness" that's going to help the community? it made it look like having a child with aspergers was quite possibly the worst thing that could happen to you. i know the show is supposed to be a comedy (it's not funny at all) but i found it a bit annoying. i mean, if you think back to when people with down's syndrome started being portrayed on TV (thinking of corkie here) they were portrayed in a pretty good light for the most part. the struggles of having a "challenged" child were shown, but they were shown in a way that would give families going through the same situations hope. that their child could be like this, that their child could have friends, and that they themselves could have a wonderful, enjoyable life with their "special child". the first time i see a sitcom mention aspergers in any way, and they make it seem like a total living nightmare. what's the deal?
hmm for some reason i couldn't get this posted in the aspies forum area....who the heck knows anymore (this forum software is screwy)