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