I am engaged to a man who has an 8 year old son who, at a very young age, was diagnosed with Autism, Aspergers, and PDD. I have never been around anyone with an Autism diagnosis. My children have never been around anyone with Austism. We are trying very hard to understand. My 11 year old son has been referred to a therapist for possible Autism or Aspergers...or possible outright anger issues.
We have been together for over a year. At that time, his 8 year old lived with his mother. He now lives with us..he has since June. Most things have been wonderful. My kids and his kids have mostly gotten along. We've had some minor issues that in a non-blended family would be normal sibling rivalries. The only truly major issue we have had has been over video games. He has always let his son play as long as he wanted to. I have always limited the amount of time for my kids. Because we didn't know his son would be staying with us, he does not have a game console in his room. However, my son has as X-Box, and my daughter has a Wii..we have a PS2 in the family room. There is normally enough time each evening for each child to play for an hour on the PS2 if they want to; aside from homework and dinner. My children do not play everyday...they enjoy doing other things. We have always used game consoles as a thing for a rainy day...or something to do on a weekend day. 8yo will ask to play every day..which is fine. DF and I agreed that each could play for an hour.....until 8yo said it wasn't enough time for him. NOW, DF says he didn't really want to agree to an hour.