The Tech Industry's Asperger Problem: Affliction Or Insult?
Brother is almost twice the size of his sibling after receiving more nutrients in the womb Could THIS lead to a cure for deadly kidney disease? They often have an inflated and arrogant view of themselves, and are described as excessively opinionated and cocky. He said that his Asperger-like issues included difficulty with eye contact, general problems with social behavior, and "the inability to accurately assess [my] own feelings and the feelings of others.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book can help address that, and, it also has some solid information about the disorder it's self. I wish they knew how hard it is for Aspies sometimes. Gaus personally guides readers toward self-discovery and then shows practical ways to address challenges. Thanks for hearing my story.
I am not mad at anyone here just frustrated. I want people to know that it is not just the children of today that have Aspergers, it is also the children of yesterday. Many of them undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and were never treated or treated with the wrong therapy.
This all happened at a time when mental health care was changing in the 80s. We need to make an effort to go back and teach that demographic the vital skills they need as well.
Maybe we can learn from them ways to create better programs too. We should at least make the current programs as available to adults as children. As a society for years we have only respected and valued our left brain. This is the part that can remember, calculate and come up with proven answers. You cannot deny it. Most men are left brain oriented, and most women are right brain, however, there is no gender to the brain other than left and right if you will creative and logical.
The problem we are having today is that women are waking up and taking back their place. They thought for years that they had to be virgins, or whores, and child makers and raisers to be anyone.
We were property until last century. And that is what it feels like after a few months of getting nothing done on them. It is not a cure it is drugs to shut you and everyone like you up. However, the right brain boys ADHD anyone? The right brain — when awake — creates airplanes, internet and so much more of our life because it has no limits to the thinking.
Thank you for this article. My son was diagnosed ASD Aspergers almost a year ago when he was He was also diagnosed with ADHD at age 5.
He has Anxiety and some Motor Ticks. He is very bright and full of energy. He is very social. Infact I would say too social. He thinks everyone is his friend. He is loud and speaks excitadly and exagerated.
He sometimes gets in your face. Strangers stare and even close family think he is being rude but that is just how he expresses himself. I have to constantly tell him not to yell because it comes across as rude. He does it again.
He is usually a sweet and sensitive child but sometimes can blurt out whatever harsh thing is on his mind. Now that he is Middle School he is beginning to stick out because he is not socially maturing at the same rate as his friends. He does not really fit the typical Autism profile or even other Asperger articles I have read. Again thank you for this article. He gets really upset when someone says something mean to anyone and he will call you out.
He loves his family. I cannot see my life without him. I need people to know my son is kind, sweet,perfectly and wonderfully made.
My son is different because there are too many people out there trying to be the same. My son is unafraid because of his aspergers. He thinks outside the box because of his aspergers, he forgives and loves more than most in this world because of his aspergers. My son has ASD because God said this world needed more love. God put my son on earth to teach others not to hate one another but welcome one another.
My son has both. Very well written and expressed. Just want to add that antisocial behavior in the dsm refers to something very different. I see that you mention social anxiety and i agree with that being connected to autism spectrum but antisocial is more about someone not having any conscience and not feeling empathy.
I have seen a huge turn around with my Aspie 13 year old daughter this year due to some relatively minor ways in which I approach her to do things. The most significant things I have noticed are that if she is reminded not demanded to do a task — she will do it when she is ready.
And if new information or a stressful situation come her way she often overreacts or reacts negatively — she just needs time to process it, then she resets and gets on with things. She is becoming much more confident in herself and is so helpful when she is given the opportunity! I wish I would have known that my daughter could have had therapy to help with her Aspergers. Instead I was left to deal with it and I was ok with it.
I thought, its not really a problem. When it becomes a problem, then we will deal with it. Bad bad bad mistske. I fear that my relationship with my daughter is now irreparable. Work on it while they are young to avoid problems later. No one told me. I do hope that at least one person here who is concerned about their child stops and takes a look at the medications that their aspergers child is taking.
My son was seeing someone who was prescribing so many meds that we ended up in the ER. If your instinct is telling you that your child is being over medicated, you are probably right. He has gone from 3 meds to one. It took a long time to wean him off of the junk that his pharma-motivated prescriber gave him, but now we have our son back.
I wish that people would understand that my 14 year old son has the kindest heart in the world and he absolutely loves babies. I wish people understood, i dont get hints, tell me what you mean straight up.
The other thing is, i do not mean to be rude or too blunt. But i do not know how to say it any other way. I dont get it.. Who it might help is parents of school age children as they can get an IEP individualized Education Plan if they wish. We chose not to do that as the accommodations granted would have been extra time on assignments or similar small changes. Our daughters Aspergers is mild, we wanted her to learn to live in a neuro -typical world, as an adult in a job we doubted that any diagnosis would excuse her from missing important deadlines so wanted her to learn ways to meet the expectations she would have to face as an adult.
There is no cure, just love, acceptance and support. Thank God my daughter has one true friend. Unfortunately this friend is a busy person and has minimal time to spend lately. Most time all my daughter has is me. She is very lonely, therefore very depressed. You find out as an adult, particularly in with Black Lives Matter permeating our everyday life i.
If I may, I grew up as a child in the s. I had and still do an older sibling by 5. Well, he played baseball and he had a group of friends. In fact, my brother was very, very popular during his school years, yet, he also engaged in substance abuse regularly e.
Hi does anyone know how to get tested for autism as a adult in South Jersey while on Medicaid? Though im willing to pay what I can. My wife is 38 we have 5 kids 3 of which are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. My wife was diagnosed with bipolar few years ago was told most of her life she had depression before that but her symptoms are like are 2 daughters. Of which my 16 year old just got diagnosed, it seems long process for girls were my son was diagnosed at 4.
As the doctor said he considered them with aspergers if we were still using the old diagnostic criteria. Both me and my wife think she may be wrongly treated or have both because she an adult. I hope someone can please help!
My 8 yr old was diagnosed last year. We have experienced the violence. In fact today was a bad day. Bath day, he ended up being put in the tub in his shorts and socks. I really liked this article and can relate to it one hundred percent. I have Aspergers and so does my 21 year old daughter. The one part of your article that was very interesting to me was the part about violence and why some people may be perceived that way.
I remember when my daughter was young probably about 6 or 7 years old there were a couple of times she went into an all out rage and trashed her teachers class room. I along with her teacher she had an awesome teacher who understood all of this were able to teach her other coping methods such as using her words to express what she was feeling instead of getting physical. It took a while but it did work. I have learned over several years how to manage it better but everything in this article was spot on for me.
Thanks for writing this article. My grandson has aspergers. I have also found that this seems to be more commonly happening with girls on the spectrum. Of course she does!! I have pushed her since she was 3 to try to get in and play with others rather than sitting back just wanting to watch. Then, the release of built up emotion. I am not some random diagnosis, a footnote in a random textbook.
I am not a mistake. I am not abnormal, antisocial, disabled or any of the words and definitions that get thrown about. There is nothing wrong with me. I am gloriously me. I am wonderfully, weirdly, absurdly, uncomfortably, brilliantly me in every way, shape and form that matters, to anyone in my life that matters. The people that take the time to look past my shyness and awkwardness revel in my weirdness.
Everything they take for granted, I struggle with every day. Every easy conversation they have, I envy. Every home gathering I am not invited to stings.
I learned to coup. I learned to make my own fun. I learned on my own how to enjoy and cultivate, how to seek out and nurture my own special brand of normality. I have a son who has AS and is 26 years old. All he wants to do is stay at home and watch tv. Again if anyone has any suggestions pleased Contact me. All these are so true my boy has been given an undiagnosis because of the school where he attends so am now currently awaiting another assessment to be carried out as other professionals that are involved again are saying different.
My child being aspie makes no difference to me but him having a full diagnosis would be able to get him the support he needs.
Children with Aspergers become young adults with Aspergers. They are different, they will likely need extra support and understanding all of their life. I feel like I am always fighting a battle for resources or understanding, this makes our lives harder than is necessary.
I loved this article. It shows real understanding for the condition, something that is very hard to find. My daughter has spent many nights crying on my shoulder, unable to sleep, because someone at school called her crazy.
A teacher at the same school told her that God was punishing her. Yet another told her she was going to hell. My daughter is a lovely girl, who loves all animals, especially cats. My worst moment was when she came to me and asked: My biggest issue is that people get angry with him when he does not interact with them.
They assume because he looks normal, he should be. He is a big guy 28 now, but still we have problems when we go places or travel by plane. I have to intervene , but that is hard because he is my adopted son who is a different skin color so security always gets upset until i explain.
I think that is embarrassing for him to explain! He is smart in so many ways, but dealing with society and social cues are! Very hard for him. He was very obsess with pre historic stuff and problem with his motoric.
At 6 years old he was even could not catch the ball and always get home crying after school. I had an initiative to put him in swimming exercise to help his focus and body postur. One year ago he also had a Pilates class for 35 session which is very good for his body awareness.
But in our country Pilates is very expensive so I stopped the class and more focus on Tennis. However I can see a lot of improvement after Pilates, he has better body postur and shapped.
This year he start with piano and guitar class. Right school also important. Now he is study at small international school who has Transition Education Centre which the goals is to bring special edu student go to mainstream class step by step. He is a happy kid now. Not so many friend at school but still have close friend and like his school. I pray for all AS kids and their parents wherever they are…..
My son goes for screening tomorrow I am nervous for him. I have always know he is different but he is an awesome little boy I just wish teachers and other people would understand he is not like everyone else.
I wish everyone knew that our daughter who is on the autism spectrum and diagnosed with ADHD is a loved child of God who yearns to belong and be liked. Sometimes she misreads the emotional cues of others; sometimes she is too aggessive; sometimes she melts down. My husband has undiagnosed AS.
He is an amazing man. He is brilliant, and committed, and can focus all of his attention to any situation. Sometimes he needs help knowing what I need emotionally. I have to ask him for emotional support or engagement, or to focus on me. But this means I have to know what I need and I have to trust that he wants to give that to me. He is not disabled. Some social situations or cues are impossible for him to read.
I will not punish him for not understanding what other people are hinting at. We joke that his logic a superpower or he is just part Vulcan. Marriage and family are possible. It will be tough, but it will be ok. As a child, I was the most awkward person I knew.
I never had a filter. Brain to mouth, or in my actions. I embarrassed my parents, my friends and myself, regularly. I work, hard, with my 3 year old. My husband just stays away from me. I love him too, but I had more self control before we had babies. I never thought having kids would make it worse. I can relate to a lot of this. Yes they make me cringe in social situations but I am here to help them and in reality they are just fine without intervention in most cases. They may or may not understand and that is okay.
I do my best to guide my daughter in areas like expressing her emotions as well as in social situations what is expected of her, but I love her quirks! I adore my husband, yes it can be very frustrating as I am very emotional and he is logical and non emotional. I have learned how to cope with it and he has too. I love the way their minds take leaps and bounds, watching them get excited over things is amazing too. My oldest daughter is not on the spectrum so I work with her so she understands their issues and knows they are different, how they are different, and how to cope when issues arise.
It has been a hard but wonderful growing experience for us all. My Godson is 12 yrs old now. I know when he was a baby there was something different. But, it didnt stop me from teaching him.
My Xak is very smart and very loving. He does have problems socially,I think has OCD, and high tolerance for pain. I have alot of patience for him. But, his family doesnt really understand how to care for him. I know its hard. And I do what I can to help.
Perhaps more research is warranted. Each child is unique, and varies in their capabilities. I am thankful I had an older brother who allowed me to tag along. That helped me develop relationships and be more normal. I could not have developed relationships on my own.
In additional comment to your 4th poster Rachel, my son also is very social. He can be loud when excited and also has a problem identifying when to put on the brakes. Humor is an obstacle.
When he makes a joke and no one laughs he gets frustrated. Since humor is subjective it is hard for him to figure out why some people think only some things are funny. At 22 I still explain the process best I can to him. He has found one group of young men and women who found a common ground in a fandom of a TV show and they have neuro-typicals as well as special needs members. They all watch out for one another and rule one is respect. He is doing very well with these new friends.
Their group leader is very caring and makes sure those who need any extra help gets it. My son is 16 and has Aspergers.. Has any one else has troubles with their child school not understanding your child. Mine seems to at a loss. He has an IEP,but because of his high intelligence and good behavior they think he is just lazy.
He isin all regular ed classes and only guided study halls. He has a dyignosis of Aspergers, so why can I not get the help I feel he needs. As his parent I have had enough. I need advice please. In this day and age people skip opening paragraphs and skim articles far more often than they read everything from top to bottom.
Basically, people expect to gain the information in the article by reading the title and the boldfaced points, and everything else is considered filler that might bring more information but is unnecessary.
I am approaching 60 and I just now recognize that I check every one of the symptom boxes, and always have my entire life. It took me over 50 years to finally be able to interact socially with others without embarrassing myself.
Saying as little as possible seems to be the best strategy, which is hard to do because we like to talk about the few things that interest us. At this stage of my life, it kind of seems pointless to seek therapy. Although I guess Aspergers does make you one. I think that when every memory of your past is one in which you embarrassed yourself or others, you tend to deliberately erase those memories.
I wanted to reply to you because your post hit the nail on the head for me. These two conditions share many similar characteristics but each are their own situation , Aspergers falls on the Autistic Spectrum while Schizotypal Personality Disorder falls on the Schizophrenial Spectrum. I heard from a professional once: This certainly applies in just my home alone.
I have two boys with AS. As others have commented, one of my sons is incredibly outgoing. He is more comfortable in a leadership role, as playing by his rules helps him feel less muddled during unstructured social play. He struggled to connect more deeply than acquaintance level until about age 8, but now he has his few good buddies and is able to play in groups once he studied social cues, impulse control, sensory integration, and understood social games, etc.
Whereas, my other son is naturally quite shy and introspective and is very attached only to those he knows very well, but is a bit more classically withdrawn, socially — he is capable of conversation with adults or siblings at home but it is very uncomfortable for him with peers at this point.
Parallel play, difficulty with eye contact, etc. Both may initially have atypical responses to expressed emotion, however both are incredibly empathetic and thoughtful and full of appropriate emotion once it is processed. Our GPS tracking device can help improve your child's safety and well-being. Published on January 28, November 21, Autism One comment.
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People on the spectrum often suffer from poor organization and prioritization skills. This book can help address that, and, it also has some solid information about the disorder it's self.
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A big one for me is not all children with it are anti so ial and withdrawn.
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It shows real understanding for the condition, something that is very hard to find. When I aspefger overwhelmed by a situation it literally causes physical pain. This is a great book. I could not have developed relationships on my own. Lorri August 25, at 4: He has Anxiety and some Motor Ticks.
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