Appreciating Asperger Syndrome: Looking at the Upside - with by Brenda Boyd

By Brenda Boyd

Individuals with Asperger Syndrome have many features which are often noticeable in a damaging gentle. Brenda Boyd exhibits that for each attribute of AS that may be checked out negatively, there are numerous positive factors that may be drawn on and built. Discussing AS generally phrases, she talks in the course of the explanation why individuals with AS procedure lifestyles within the manner they do, and what an incredible contribution they make to the area. She then explores varied features of AS; whereas she recognizes the detrimental belief such a lot of humans have of those features, she issues out the massive variety of benefits to the Aspergers mind set for people with AS, these round them and society as an entire. for each adverse, Boyd proves there are numerous extra positives. From their clean honesty to their originality and strength to develop into leaders instead of fans, individuals with AS have many admirable character features that are meant to be nurtured. This publication indicates that via adjusting our perceptions of what's 'normal' and embracing range, AS can't merely be understood and authorized, yet liked. Appreciating Asperger Syndrome is a party of AS which may be learn through people with AS, relatives, and an individual who is aware or works professionally with people with AS.

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By success, by the way, I don’t necessarily mean success in the world’s terms (such as exam results or well-paid jobs, though this may be true as well). Here’s what I mean. Every one of us has a basic need to feel we are OK and accepted for who we really are. When someone has AS, then that AS is an intrinsic part of who he really is: if attitudes to AS are negative and judgemental, this can be hard on individual Aspies. But the good 42 SEEING STARS news is this: if a person with Asperger Syndrome has even a few people in his life who are positive, understanding and supportive, then even if the rest of the world seems hostile, at some deep level he is much more likely to be happy about who he really is.

It might be very interesting to look at the vast range of people who come under the AS umbrella, but if we are trying to understand and appreciate AS it doesn’t take us much further. In fact it can leave us even more confused – for how on earth can all these different descriptions and subgroups belong to the same condition? Obviously AS is a mysterious and confusing condition. People call it a ‘spectrum disorder’, but really that is just another way of saying that it is like a big umbrella. It is useful to have it described in that way of course, but a description is just a description.

Even though I went through a complex mixture of emotions when he was diagnosed, one of the first things I felt was relief. Why? In retrospect I think it is because it took away some of my guilt. Let me explain what I mean by that. By the time Kenneth was diagnosed, I felt pretty much like a failure as a Mum. I had spent about nine years doing everything I could humanly think of to get him ‘sorted out’, but it seemed that my best efforts were to 39 APPRECIATING ASPERGER SYNDROME no avail. I had a sinking feeling in my heart because there was something about him that made him so different and so difficult, that I feared he would never find his place in the world, and nobody on earth would ever find a way of ‘managing’ him – no school, no teacher and certainly not me!

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