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Autism is not a tragedy.
Ignorance is the tragedy.

Hans Asperger quotes

Tony Attwood, an experienced psychologist who has worked with more than 2.000 individuals with Asperger Syndrome, has written a book called "The complete guide to Asperger's Syndrome". He starts every chapter with quoting Hans Asperger. Here I will share these quotes with you, as once again, I believe I have found something interesting, from which many can learn.

I've thought about commenting every quote here, to share my thoughts on how they relate to my life, but I'm going to do that in my new "book" (or whatever it will be) instead. For now I'll just say the quotes are not a perfect and full description of every person with Asperger Syndrome.. they do however give you some good pointers.


Chapter 1: What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal', must necessarily be 'inferior'.

Chapter 2: The diagnosis
One can spot such children instantly. They are recognizable from small details, for instance, the way they enter the consulting room at their first visit, their behavior in the first few moments and the first words they utter.

Chapter 3: Social understanding and friendship
The nature of these children is revealed most clearly in their behaviour towards other people. Indeed their behaviour in the social group is the clearest sign of their disorder.

Chapter 4: Teasing and bullying
Autistic children are often tormented and rejected by their classmates simply because they are different and stand out from the crowd. Thus, in the playground or on the way to school one can often see an autistic child at the center of a jeering horde of little urchins. The child himself may be hitting out in blind fury or crying helplessly. In either case he is defenseless.

Chapter 5: Theory of mind
How odd is his voice, how odd his manner of speaking and his way of moving. It is no surprise, therefore, that this boy also lacks understanding of other people's expressions and cannot react to them appropiately.

Chapter 6: The understanding and expression of emotions
The children cannot be understood simply in the terms of the concept 'poverty of emotion' used in quantitative sense. Rather what characteristics these children is a qualitative difference, a disharmony in emotion and disposition.

Chapter 7: Special interests
Another autistic child had specialized technological interests and knew an incredible amount about complex machinery. He acquired this knowledge through constant questioning, which it was impossible to fend off, and also to a great degree through his own observations.

Chapter 8: Language
They all have one thing in common: the language feels unnatural.

Chapter 9: Cognitive abilities
Where it is about logical thinking, where the issue is meeting their special interests, they are ahead, surprise their teachers with their clever answers; where it is about more or less mechanical learning by heart, where concentrated learning is demanded (copying, spelling, methods of arithmetic) these 'clever' children fail in a severe kind of way, so that they often are on the brink of failing their exams.

Chapter 10: Movement and coordination
The clumsiness was particularly well demonstrated during PE lessions. He was never able to swing with the rhythm of the group. His movements never unfolded naturally and spontataneously - and there fore pleasingly - from the proper coordination of the motor system.

Chapter 11: Sensory Sensitivity
In the sense of taste we find almost invariably very pronouned likes and dislikes. It is no different wit the sense of touch. Many children have an abnormally strong dislike of particular tactile sensations. They cannot tolerate the roughness of new shirts, or of mended socks. Washing water too can often be a source of unpleasant sensations and, hence, of unpleasant scenes. There is hypersensitivity too against noise. Yet the same children who are often distinctly hypersensitive to noise in particular situations, in other situations may appear to be hyposensitive.

Chapter 12: Life After School: College and Career
We can see in the autistic person, far more clearly than with any normal child, a predestination for a particular profession from earliest youth. A particular line of work often grows naturally out of their special abilities.

Chapter 13: Long-term Relationships
Many of those who do marry show tensions and problems in their marriage.

Chapter 14: Psychotherapy
They are strangely impenetrable and difficult to fathom. Their emotional life remains a closed book.

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