Aspergers SyndromeThe mind is an interesting thing.Aspergers Syndrome7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
producing pains from social failure, cutting off the sensors in the body telling you there
is something wrong, even enabling you temporary superhuman abilities.
Yet we know so little.
It can sacrifice some abilities to enable astounding feats never seen before.
Without counting, a cup of pencils falls to the floor. The man only listens, he calls out the number
fourty six, puzzled the people around him start to collect the pencils and one stops........
she stares in awe at the man........
"Fourty six exactly"
.... he had never been there before, was not paying attention to the pencils prior to the spill.
So how did he know? There wasnt enough time for him to have counted them individually.
The sacrifice, the man was Autistic.
Another man now owns a massive company, he makes billions every year.
His name. Bill Gates, diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome.
A minor form of Autism, also called "High functioning Autism".
It seems to impair certain social and neu
Asperger Syndrome and MeAsperger Syndrome: A Personal PerspectiveAsperger Syndrome and Me9 years ago in Biography & Memoir More Like This
Early on, it was clear that there is something different about me. My language development was delayed; by my first birthday, I still was not speaking, instead relying on gestures and vocalizations to communicate. However, I was alert and seemed able to understand much of what was said to me, so the delay did not seem to be cognitive in origin. There was some delay in early motor development as well, but not to an abnormal extent.
In June 1986, when I was 20 months old, an examination by an ENT specialist revealed fluid buildup in my middle ears which was affecting my hearing, and tubes were inserted to drain the fluid. At that time, I had a vocabulary of about five words. Later that year, my parents enrolled me in a nursery school, hoping that being in an environment with many other people would help me improve my verbal communication skills, but it did not work out as they had hoped. I showed extreme separation anxiety; every day that
AutisticI was told far too much, for far too long,Autistic4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
that happiness was growing old,
growing up, finding a partner,
commitment, college, good job,
stable career, climb up.
help them grow, retirement funds.
I was never told that it was okay to watch
flashing lights for hours and hours.
To devote every waking thought to an interest,
Even if that's the same maths equation, piano piece,
day in, day out.
To laugh when you're sad, to cry when you're happy.
I was never told it was okay not to naturally understand others,
That happiness was about embracing whatever makes you happy
regardless of 'the rules'.
I was never told
it was okay to be autistic.
to be human.
but it is okay,
to know this anyway.
Asperger syndrome - Not weird, strange or odd(Personal notes are in italics, e-mail excerpts are not)Asperger syndrome - Not weird, strange or odd2 years ago in Letters More Like This
On the morning of 9 December 2013, Channel Nine breakfast show Today introduced a story about singer Susan Boyle having Asperger syndrome, referring to this condition as an "illness". Below is an e-mail I sent to the show just to clarify a few things about Asperger syndrome (from my point of view), in the hope that they (and other media outlets) would have a better insight into why Asperger's (as well as other forms of autism) should not be classified as an "illness" or "disease".
To whom it may concern,
Regarding your introduction to the story about Susan Boyle having an "illness", I would like to point out that Asperger syndrome - make that any form of autism - is not an illness or disease, but it is something that dramatically impacts the person that has it and their families and requires constant adjustments to thinking and actions. More often tha
My Life Having Asperger'sI have always felt that I was different. Different in the way I think, the way I feel, and the way I act. My life has been a roller coaster, having the anticipation as I climb the hill and having the rush of adrenaline as I race down. There have been times where I have been so stressed that the world seemed to have ended and other times where I have been so calm that the world seemed to have escaped from me. This has been my life; but there is more to it than just that. Throughout my life there has been affection and there has been rejection. Bliss and despair have contrasted themselves so divinely. These memories have both haunted me and delighted me in every sense. And in my short twenty years I have witnessed many things; some of which no one should ever go through.My Life Having Asperger's5 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
My life was just beginning, I was in preschool, and I considered everyone to be my friend. I was naïve; but so were my classmates. No one was quick to judge and everyone seemed to care. But as my preschool life ende
Asperger'slike my own universeAsperger's5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
jokes only I understand
handwriting that's illegible
to everyone but me
I want to approach you
but I can't figure out
I'm also as mature
as the rest of you
I just don't want
to be alone
you all think I'm stupid
but I'm a genius
I just can't prove it