"As the parent of the child discussed I am confident that he is much happier today than if we had remained unaware of his condition. Before the diagnosis, his social and adaptive disabilities made it almost impossible to endure school, and he began to show signs of depression. After having failed several professional interventions, a desperate search for information led us to the Yale Child Study Center. We learned that individuals with Asperger Syndrome can have great accomplishments and fulfilling lives. The label opened doors to services not previously available, including a special nonpublic school. The diagnosis made him realize that his problems were not his fault. Understanding his strengths and weaknesses, and a cognitive approach to the basic social skills has, in his words, helped him change his attitude. Since the case was written, my son has transitioned back to public middle school, is performing at the top of his class academically, is a member of the marching band, and is a happy young man. Of course he still has Asperger Syndrome, but I do believe that he has been done a favor."