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Asperger Advice

Monday, March 28, 2011

John Elder Robison, author of the memoir Look Me in the Eye and Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachersoffers guidance for those, like himself, on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.

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John Elder Robison

Comments [6]

Wanda Echevarria

I like a copy of your book. Be Different

Mar. 31 2011 02:49 PM
Jim Pharo from East Harlem

I think the point of the film Rain Man was that we're all a little autistic. (Written as a parent of a kid on the spectrum in a pretty big way.)

Mar. 28 2011 12:00 PM
Mr Bubble from Manhattan

My 8 year old son was diagnosed as "borderline" asperger's a few years ago. He is musically gifted, goes to a (magnet) public school and attends a weekly social skills training class . He is a wonderful child and is doing well, but we are aware that he has some issues with executive function (time management, etc) and are concerned how we'll do on standardized tests, etc.

John - do you think teachers and school administrators of high-functioning aspergians should be told of a diagnosis or is it better to dance around the issue? While his current teacher is very understanding and accommodating of his "quirkyness," we're concerned that he could be labeled in the future.

Mar. 28 2011 11:57 AM
a g from n j

carolita-the point is, you've got it if you think you have it,and not, if you don't think so. thats why aspergers makes sense as a verb or a type of behavior. to me,it makes no sense to see it as a noun, or permanent condition, or illness or syndrome. there are just too many variables involved. so many are intanglible and subjective. i used to go to meetings,and half of the people spent most of the time determining whether they had "it" or not. if you relate to it as a self imposed form of identity,fine. i am troubled,however by the notion that people can be categorized so easily,and, that it is thought of, as a permanent stamp on one's forehead.

Mar. 28 2011 11:11 AM
a g from n j

why can't some people just have "generalized quirkyness". is this label [aspergers], needed for self identity,or obtaining 'services',or for the drug companies, to find another use for a pill that did not work for anything else ? if herr aspereger were alive today,i suspect he might think, that an insane little cottage industry, has been generated by all of this. all from a hypothesis of human behavior,made many years ago,that today,has become a catch-all phrase, for non-neurotypical behavior. whatever the hell that is......

Mar. 28 2011 10:45 AM
carolita from nyc

My father has Asperger's, is highly functional, but even before Asperger's was as well known as it is now, and before he was diagnosed, I actually used to call him autistic in my mind, in order to explain his behavior. My observation is that although I haven't also got Asperger's, I have observed in myself some slightly autistic ways of coping with the world, and I wonder if you can actually learn to "be" (or act, in the behavioral sense, not the dramatic sense) autistic, through a culture of Asperger's, if you will. I really think that as a child, I learned a lot from my father's autistic example. There was a moment when, as an adult, I wondered if I, too, were autistic, but, as I said, I then began to observe that many of my little tics were simply things that seemed to be more like a family tradition, and that I didn't have to be that way at all. I found it liberating, and amusing.

Mar. 28 2011 10:33 AM

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