This is a blog about my personal experience of Asperger Syndrome. I intend to combine my perspective as a woman with Asperger Syndrome together with the theories and research, to describe what it’s like to be on the autistic spectrum, why certain difficulties arise, and what strategies I find helpful to deal with the particular challenges of Aspergers.
I want it to be useful for other people – for people on the spectrum, and parents of children on the spectrum, and people who work with people on the spectrum, and also for people in general, as everyone will no doubt meet people on the autistic spectrum at some point. So if you have any questions you’d like to ask, or anything you want me to clarify, please feel free to ask. I will try to answer questions.
One thing that I feel is important to clarify is that everyone on the autistic spectrum is different, so not everyone on the spectrum will share every trait I write about – and even if they do, it won’t necessarily manifest in the same behaviour. Furthermore, certain traits that people on the autistic spectrum have are often shared by people with different conditions. And some traits may be shared to a certain extent by typically-developing people.
It would probably be helpful if I drew a Venn diagram of this, so maybe I will at some point if I can work out how to do it! But the point is that the various thing I write about won’t all apply to everyone with Asperger Syndrome, nor will they be exclusive to people with Asperger Syndrome. The autistic spectrum is complex and it is a spectrum. My blog is the perspective of one person, and is thus best read in conjunction with blogs of many other people on the spectrum. We don’t all conform to one stereotype! While my blog looks at general theories about Aspergers, it is also a blog about me as an individual and how Asperger Syndrome affects me.