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By Harvey Molloy

How do young children with Asperger Syndrome view themselves and their very own lives? This ebook is predicated on wide interviews with teens clinically determined with AS. It comprises six existence tales, as exact from scientific case reports, written in collaboration with the teens themselves. those current an genuine and interesting examine the lives of the teens and the way AS has formed their turning out to be identities. The tales give you the foundation for a dialogue of universal issues and matters dealing with little ones with AS. Asperger Syndrome, early life and identification additionally questions the medicalized deficit method of Asperger Syndrome and discusses the social repercussions of labelling children as having AS.

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In terms of self-definition, I wouldn’t define myself as an ‘Aspie’ anymore, but I do see myself as a computer scientist. I feel there is a clear link between Asperger’s and computer science. Look at Bill Gates – he’s definitely got Asperger’s, and I think that sort of sums up the connection. At present the only Asperger-related issue that exists is that I may do the odd socially inappropriate thing or make an inappropriate comment. Sometimes I feel people misinterpret my actions and comments, particularly some people may interpret my actions as personal attacks against them.

I wouldn’t describe our relationship as particularly good. He has cable TV and I like nothing better than to sit in front of the box and watch the music channel with the volume up fairly loud. ’ Dad doesn’t really like me to just blob out in front of the television. Actually, he puts pressure on me sometimes. ’ With Dad, there’s always this pressure there to do well. Although I find it really hard to get along with my dad he can be quite sweet sometimes. The last weekend I stayed with him he kept asking me 56 ASPERGER SYNDROME, ADOLESCENCE, AND IDENTITY whether I’d like to do some painting, and I kept saying ‘no thanks’ because I was doing my homework.

Mum will say, ‘You don’t need to cut them out to recycle them. ’ But I guess I just have this need to do it. Often I get to school and my friends don’t even want all the pictures I’ve cut out for them the night before! If I had to describe the positive aspects of Asperger Syndrome I would say intelligence. While this may not necessarily be true for every person with Asperger Syndrome, for me part of the outcome of Asperger’s has been my intelligence. ’ On the whole I do think most people with Asperger’s tend to be fairly intelligent.

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