Asperger syndrome: not a disorder, a superpower!

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The famous climate activist Greta Thunberg hits back at her detractors by defining her Asperger condition as a superpower. Indeed having Asperger comes with a wide range of abilities and strengths:

  • a capacity to see the world differently and therefore be creative and think outside of the box
  • a tendency towards solving problems rather than satisfy the social or emotional needs of others
  • a true honesty (meaning speaking their mind and being very direct)
  • great attention to detail and a capacity to perceive errors that are not apparent to others
  • a strong desire to seek knowledge, truth and perfection with a different set of priorities than others
  • a strong sense of social justice
  • a distinct sense of humour

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/02/greta-thunberg-responds-to-aspergers-critics-its-a-superpower

 

Signs of autism in children

Her Son With Autism's Birthday Party Is a Reminder of This ...

https://player.vimeo.com/video/284953008

This film shows the behaviour of three autistic children during a birthday party.  Each child behaves in a different way,  however each of them struggles with difficulties in the same area:

S: social interactions

I: imagination

G: gestures

N: non verbal communication

S: sensory responses

These form the signs of autism. These signs have to be taken as a cluster (i.e., a difficulty in only one or two of these areas cannot be taken as a sign of autism).

https://www.asdinfowales.co.uk/autismchildsigns

Women and autism

Autism is more difficult to diagnose in girls than boys. This is often linked to the fact that girls seem to have a greater ability to develop strategies to hide their condition; leading to late diagnosis. This article relates the experience of seven women and what it was like to discover they were on the spectrum later in life.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/women_late_diagnosis_autism