Welcome to the world of Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a fascinating place, full of interesting people and their sometimes jaw-dropping talents. There are challenges, but that’s just part of being human, isn’t it?
Stereotype first: Asperger adults can be brilliant, eccentric, socially awkward and somewhat clumsy. Some speak in a monotone. Others are unable to make or keep eye contact. Many cannot read facial expressions or body language, have difficulty with humor, and take everything very literally. Think absent-minded professor. Or engineer. Or scientist. The list goes on.
Is this always true? Of course not… but it gives an idea. And this picture would certainly scream Asperger’s Syndrome to me.
In TV and movies, keeping in mind that they never get everything right, some examples would be Monk, Sherlock Holmes, or Temperance from Bones. In history, think Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Beethoven, Arthur Conan Doyle, Albert Einstein and other eccentric, talented people.
Yes, I’m painting a very bright and beautiful picture of talented, capable people. And there are a lot of them out there. There are also – like everyone, everywhere – others who are not as gifted.
We, who live with the daily struggles faced by our Asperger loved ones, the roller-coaster of good days and bad days, need to always remember that there is a place for them. They will learn and grow. They can find a niche, a job, a spouse, a successful life.
It happens every day.
Note: Check out my link to Syndrome For Success for more information and questions to determine if you might have Asperger’s Syndrome.