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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bathroom Bunkers, Hiding Out in Restrooms

Hmm, I hope I'm not giving out too much information here...but this Aspie tends to take refuge in restrooms. Bathrooms are one of the few vestiges that one can linger in and find near perfect privacy. When in doubt...hideout.
If ever the stress of trying to deal in this upside down, Neuro-Typical world becomes too much to bear, seek refuge. In the privacy of the privy one can calm down, space out, spazz out and collect ones thoughts without interruption. People typically respect the sanctity of the almighty commode.
When I venture to new places, new buildings, the first order of business is checking out the restrooms. It's good to know exactly where they are located and whether they are a single, private room or communal with stalls, in case a quick sanctuary is needed. You do not want to start melting down only to casually run to a restroom that's a single with occupant without knowing where another room of respite is located.
I have sought refuge on dozens and dozens of occasions, even within my own house. When you are on the verge of meltdown, stress out, panic, or have completely lost your wits...take the time to calm yourself by counting the tiles of the bathroom floor, read the graffiti on the walls, count to 100 and back again, pop your doctor prescribed medication, or do a little destressing tricky dance and bounce off those walls.
There isn't a time limit on using the bathroom. Use that fact to your advantage.
Just another helpful time from AmyAspie :)