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

 

Bonding over food?.. No thanks!

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Socialising around food (or talking over a meal) is an enjoyable experience for most neuro-typical people, but not for people with Asperger. In this article, the author, recently diagnosed with autism, talks about the importance of emotional understanding.

We cannot ever fully understand another person’s life experience and how they perceive the world. What we can do is open our awareness to others’ experience and listen to what it means to them.

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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