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Children with Asperger’s

They are much richer and more complex than has been realized.

They have inner worlds, thoughts and feelings that defy what older research and conventional wisdom about autism has presumed and advised us.

Their more stereotypical behaviors are not reliable indicators of who they are, of what they think, feel, experience, know and so forth.

Their communications with people, including with themselves, mean more to them than is assumed.

They often are more capable of, interested in and understanding of relationships than has been believed.

Their neurological differences deny them critical opportunities for growth.

What autism and clinical experts have tended to make of those neurological differences has further deprived these children of experiences that they the children crave and (developmentally) need,

Concepts most germane to being human — such as feelings, empathy and creativity — hold relevance to these children, too.

These children frequently smash through the glass ceilings that authoritative professionals have predicted for them (especially in the past).

Any of us who ignores these truths deals a severe and cruel blow to these children’s esteem, vitality, self-hood and happiness.

Embracing Asperger’s by Richard Bromfield, PhD

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Distinctive Strengths

Just as individuals with autism have a variety of difficulties, they also have some distinctive strengths. Some of the strengths that individuals with autism have may include:

  • Ability to understand concrete concepts, rules and sequences
  • Strong long term memory skills
  • Math skills
  • Computer skills
  • Musical ability
  • Artistic ability
  • Ability to think in a visual way
  • Ability to decode written language at an early age (This ability is called Hyperlexia. Some children with autism can decode written language earlier than they can comprehend written language.)
  • Honesty – sometimes to a fault
  • Ability to be extremely focused – if they are working on a preferred activity
  • Excellent sense of direction
Adapted by Autism Speaks from Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson and James McPartland’s
A Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

Bright Thread

“I see people with Asperger’s syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life.”

Tony AttwoodThe Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

Thinking About Others’ Thoughts

“There is a second problem that is maybe even more familiar to us as parents and teachers and spouses and novelists.  Which is, ‘Why is it so hard to know what somebody else wants or believes?’  Or perhaps, more relevantly, ‘Why is it so hard to change what somebody else wants or believes?’

I think novelists put this best.  Like Philip Roth, who said ‘And yet, what are we to do about this terribly significant business of other people?  So ill-equipped are we all, to envision one another’s interior workings and invisible aims.'”

Rebecca Saxe:  How We Read Other’s Minds

Prime Numbers

“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Different Ways of Seeing

“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince