Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Born On A Blue Day..Daniel Tammet review 2

I have really been enriched by reading Daniels book. My latest discovery is on page 190....
"I like to prepare myself mentally for an upcoming event, to rehearse the different possibilities or permutations in my mind because of the way I become uncomfortable when something happens suddenly or unexpectedly..."
I used to feel that I was being deceptive in some strange way by prethinking given situations. Almost as if I felt apologetic or that I was doing something wrong by playing through various scenarios that may occur. It also causes endles anxiety and many a sleepless night. That could be one of the reasons that the night before a new event keeps me awake...preplanning. Hmmm..thanks Daniel!!!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Born On A Blue Day...Daniel Tammet book review

I am on page 175 of Daniel Tammets book, "Born On a Blue Day". It is the personal story regarding Daniel and his life as an autistic Savant. Daniel was born with Aspergers and he presents his life story, his thinking and views.
At first I had a hard time getting into the book. I can rarely sit still long enough to read a chapter or two. And the recounts of his early life and incredible math skills, and memory, really didn't thrill me.
But then, about half way through the book, when he started writing about his teenage years, I began to gain some insight and knowledge regarding my own Aspie son teenager and was able to find some hope and life strategies.
I was thoroughly amazed that he was able to travel to a completely foreign country on his own and teach English to Lithuanians. The fact that he could travel and live on his own was astounding to me, who gets anxiety driving thirty miles away alone.
The book gave me hope and also opened the door of possibilities for my Eldest. Daniel did feats that I could only dream of. And his sharing of his emotions, feelings and thoughts is helping me to better understand myself and my son.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with Aspergers or to anyone interested in learning more about it....A Fascinating Read