ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For some parents, learning their child has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome is sometimes followed by shock and questions on what to do next, but Richard Ledbetter has the experience to make their paths a lot easier to navigate.

Richard Ledbetter, chief information officer at PSCU Financial Services, has been down that road. His 17-year old son Taylor has Asperger, a developmental disorder that exhibits deficiencies in social and communication skills. Those with the diagnosis typically have normal to very superior IQ but may have difficulty with transitions or changes and prefer routines. Taylor, a budding animation artist and writer, is extremely bright, Ledbetter said, but for most of his young life he has had “low social skills.” Certain social cues such as reading facial expressions and body language have to be taught to those with Asperger, Ledbetter said.

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