Just wanted to say hi and thanks for all the great help and support you've given me while I've been lurking. I have a 14yo son with AS+ (Lamictal 200mg/day, social skills group therapy, part-time LS program in regular MS) and a husband who self-medicates with substances not covered by medical insurance. I'm a mostly NT stay at home mom and if I wasn't crazy before, I am now! Anyway - I do have a specific question for those with kids on the spectrum. How do you handle obsessive interests that take over life almost to the exclusion of everything else? M has a friend who he talks to on the phone daily for many hours (6 or more some days). The conversation is not what most would consider typical. It revolves around an imaginary scenario loosely based on the Dragonball Z theme but has morphed into real-life type situations (dating, sibling issues, parental authority issues, peer interactions, etc....) This other kid either tolerates my son's interests or he enjoys it also - I can't tell. When he comes over to visit he seems easier to redirect to other activities than my son. So my question- would you limit the amount of time he spends in this activity or not? doctor (neurodevelopmental pediatrician) says encourage but don't force. The other problem is that when he can't get his friend on the phone, he doesn't seem to know what to do with himself and complains of boredom and becomes restless and irritable. His other activities are watching cartoon network on tv, playing Dragonball Z video games or listening to a few select songs on his ipod. Occasionally, he'll shoot hoops or practice karate moves in the yard. I used to be able to redirect him to activities with me, swimming, trips to the zoo, bowling or movies but he refuses - is this a result of puberty? What to do? Thanks for your help.