Essays on Asperger Syndrome
Over the years, we have all encountered essays or
short pieces about Asperger Syndrome. They are usually written by someone with
firsthand experience with the disorder. The authors are parents struggling to
understand their children and get them the help that they need. They are adults
attempting to come to terms with a lifetime of feeling misunderstood and
isolated. They are adult children working to make sense of a childhood spent
with a parent or parents who were decidedly odd. These pieces are filled with
all the daily struggle that comes along with Asperger Syndrome.
Here we have collected some of these essays
that seem particularly relevant and timeless.
"Things We've been Told about our AS Children"
by Linda Newland
"He's apraxia, aphasia, anomia,
no, I feel it's just a phonological / articulation disorder.
The probability of him ever saying
more than five word sentences is highly unlikely
Don't worry, let's just wait and see;
some kids develop slower than others.
I don't see a reason to test now,
because you can't get an accurate 'base line" (psychology test)
done on children for any disability before the age of 6 years 8
He has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
"Enabling our Children"
by Deborah Thorpe
I hear it everyday. I belong to a parent
support group for children with learning disabilities and ADHD, one of the
largest Internet listserv groups for parent support for these disabilities.
There seems to be a constant, recurring topic among our group: "The teacher
says I am enabling him to be the way he is" or "The teacher says if we
gave him more discipline he'd be fine." Parents of children with invisible
disabilities are constantly being blamed for their child's difficulties. We are
by Nancy Mandell
I have been pondering my life lately. Since I discovered myself as an
I have become overjoyed and delighted in my self-discovery. My life up until the
mid-forties was confusing and misunderstood. I have been to many therapists. I
was misdiagnosed and felt like an alien from Venus. I was diagnosed Borderline
Personality Disorder and ADD, Anxiety Disorder. None of these diagnoses quite
fit the full picture. I do show many ADD traits. I get easily distracted but can
hyper-focus on my interests. I could always see the beauty and absorb emotions
around me. Yet, I felt left out in the ordinary world. I wanted to become real
for such a long time.