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Do Aspie Children know at they are Different? - Part 2: Early Childhood Perception

Last time, we looked at the influence of parental perception on the child's "view of themselves" and established that normal parent reactions are often enough to let the child know that they are different.

In today's post, I'll be looking at the primary school years and how interactions between children make these differences obvious.


Deaf but Still Different When I was in preschool, it was discovered that I was very deaf - the result of an uncontained ear infection. It would have been easy for me to wrongly attribute my differences to this problem (as I did with many of my social issues in secondary school).

In primary school however, I was fortunate because our next door neighbour had a son the same age as me, who went to the same primary school and who was also deaf - albeit a much worse case.

This gave me a benchmark for my social performance and it was obvious from day one of kindergarten, where he made instant and lasting friendships while I made none, that…

Do Aspie Children know at they are Different? - Part 1: Parental Perception

The Aim of this Series
I'm often asked by other parents for my thoughts on telling children about their aspergers. Will knowlege of the condition help or hinder them? In fact, taking things one step further... will the knowledge of aspie characteristics actually cause the differences between the aspergers and neurotypical children to become exagerated?

To know the answer to this, we must first examine adults who were diagnosed with aspergers late in their lives to determine whether they felt "different" as children.

Having been diagnosed at 37, I guess I'm as good a subject as any.

Parental Perception
There's no doubt that my parents knew that I was different from a very early age and there were lots of things that I did which were considerably different to other children.

One of the most obvious differences was that I formed an unnatural bond with a blanket which lasted far longer than it should have. My mother still tells stories about how she couldn't take m…

Article: Focus on Hyperfocus

I'd like to draw your attention to a good article on Hyperfocus on Additude, an ADHD site. Hyperfocus does come into play in ADD/ADHD but I think it's even more applicable to Aspergers.

The article is:

Learn About ADHD: Focus on Hyperfocus
Information about ADHD symptom of hyperfocus -- a common symptom that explains why many attention deficit children and adults can concentrate so intently at times.
by Royce Flippin
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/612.html

The article covers the good parts of hyperfocus, which is something I've already done but it then goes into detail on the negative points too.

Relating to the Article
I can certainly relate to a number of points in the article, having had to be fetched from my office on various occasions when alarms have sounded without my noticing them. It might be possible to write some of these down to my deafness, but not the problems where we've lost lighting power (without wall outlet power), or air …

The Differences between Aspie and NT Conversation

A little while ago, I was asked to explain what the main differences were between aspie and NT Communication, specifically in terms of what each party receives.

We're always being told that Aspies miss non-verbal cues and that they're distracted but do aspies actually pick up more or less elements in conversation?

Here are a couple of lists for comparison based on a normal office desk conversation.

What the NT Gets

Voice Facial Expression Verbal Tone Body Language and Posture What the person is wearing Any sufficiently loud or disruptive intrusions
What the Aspie Gets
The Voice Non-verbals in a single swoop (discussed below)
The books on the bookshelf behind the talker Other people in the room The Flashing lights on their hard drive Traffic outside the office Nice (Groovy) Patterns on the person's tie The Logo on their glasses Scuff marks on their shoesThe Screen Saver on the PC behind them.It's my belief that aspies generally pick up much more of the surroundings regardl…

Article: Sensory Overload - An Insider's Perspective

Hi and Welcome to 2009.

There was a great article on Sensory Overload posted yesterday that I feel I need to draw your attention to;

The Post in Question is;

Sensory overload: An insider’s perspective
http://www.aspergerjourneys.com/2009/01/02/sensory-overload-an-insiders-perspective/
and the Blog itself is called Asperger Journeys.

I'd highly recommend it.

This post says a lot about sensory overload that I hadn't really given much thought to. For instance, the words Sensory Overload had always triggered the notion of "shutdown" in me.

Since I very rarely experience shutdown, my natural extreme reaction is generally meltdown, I figured that I didn't experience Sensory Overload. From the description in this article however, I'm beginning to wonder if I do. Perhaps it doesn't have to reach boiling point before it's called an overload.

Certainly, I often find myself in a crowded place with my skin tingling and my head racing like I've got a fever. In th…