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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Asperger's Syndrome

Hey!

I don't know how many of you have heard of Asperger's or its sibling Autism, but they both fall under the label "Autism Spectrum Disorders". If you like, think of it as a line, with Autism down one end and "normal" down the other. Everyone is on the spectrum somewhere, but for some people where they are on the spectrum makes normal, daily life difficult to deal with.
(This is not my image, full credit goes to the author of the blog A Thinking Person, a.k.a. Cogit8R. You can visit their page about Autism at: http://athinkingperson.com/2010/04/24/are-we-all-on-the-autism-spectrum/)
 
 
I personally was diagnosed this year as having Asperger's. That makes me one of a few, girls with Asperger's are less common than boys with Asperger's. That's not to say we aren't out there, there are some very high profile women with Asperger's Syndrome, such as Temple Grandin, who has written books and helped make movies about life with Asperger's. (This is the link to her Wikipedia page for those of you who want to know more about this inspirational woman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin.) "Aspie" girls are not typically thought of when the word Asperger's is mentioned, a boy with an obsession for cars, trains or computers, who happily spends hours talk or playing with his object of choice and is brilliant at maths is the stereotypical image (I'm not saying that all boys who like computers and are good at maths are Aspie!). However medical experts are now finding that girls who have an interests in literature and the arts could also be showing signs of Asperger's (again, that's not to say all girls who have an interest in the arts have Asperger's!). This interests me, as it is yet another sign that my diagnosis is correct, as I am told that I am a great story writer.
 
Finding out that I have Asperger's is a step towards understanding myself and my place in the world.
I will be sharing my stories with you, now acknowledging my unusual Aspie nature!
 
Keep smiling! :)
Nell.