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The Human Side of the Aspergers Diagnosis: Part 2 How Aspies Feel about the Label

The Age Differential Most people with Aspergers seem to be "born with a knowlege of their difference", though in truth this awareness develops over time, mostly during their primary school years.
The age at which the label of aspergers is used to describe these differences seems to have significant impact upon the way in which they are received by the aspie. Of course, there are other factors too, particularly the way in which others around the aspie take the news.

The Very Young As you would expect, telling an "under 8" year old child that they have aspergers is pretty similar to telling them that they are wearing a blue cardigan or that they were born in Australia. Their reaction is pretty minimal.
Of course, the fact that you have now disclosed this "secret" will cause them to pay a little more attention whenever the topic is discussed in the household. As a result, parents who have "disclosed" need to be responsible for maintaing a positive vie…

Article: Reading Facial Expressions (Smile Spotting Test)

The BBC has a really interesting test on its web site at the moment. It's all about whether or not people can spot fake smiles versus real ones.
I figured that since it's part of the diagnostic criteria for aspergers that we have problems reading non-verbal cues, it would provide some insightful results.

Real versus Fake Smile Test
The test shows you 20 videos of people smiling either real or fake smiles. You can't replay the smiles until you've finished voting but you can spend as long as you like thinking about them before you choose your answer.
I expected to do badly but in fact, I did really well. I got 19 out of 20 correct.
You'll need a flash enabled browser/computer to do the test.
My Secret (Don't read this until you've done the test yourself) At the end of the test, it asks you to indicate what clued you in.
In my case it was not the smiles at all. It was other head movements (like…

Another Personality Test: Enneagram

I'm always interested in personality tests, mainly because when a lot of aspies do them, patterns start to emerge. I'm not entirely a believer in them but that doesn't make the patterns any less fascinating.

Anyway, here are my results from the Enneagram test.
There are a couple online.

In this test, I got equally 1 (Perfectionist) and 5 (Detachment). I've already noticed that a lot of aspies who do this test seem to score 5.

Main Type Overall Self Take Free Enneagram Personality Test

Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Perfectionism

||||||||||||||||||||90%Type 2 Helpfulness||||||||||||||||62% Type 3 Image

Focus |||||||||||| 50%Type 4Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||| 70% Type 5 Detachment ||||||||||||||||||||

90%Type 6Anxiety |||||||||||||||| 70% Type 7 Adventurousness

|||||||||| 34% Type 8Aggressiveness |||||||||||| 46% Type 9Calmness|||||||||||||||||| 78% Your main type is


Your variant is self pres Take Free Enneagram Personality Test

In the othe…

The Human side of the Aspergers Diagnosis - Part 1: Parents

Introduction The aim of this series is to examine the parts of the aspergers diagnosis which are normally overlooked in the textbooks. There's always a lot of information on the criteria and the tests but there's not a terrible lot of material on the reactions.
I'll try to cover the reactions of parents, others and the diagnosed aspies themselves. If I think of some other groups along the way that need to be covered, I'll try to do them justice too.

Parental Reactions Parents often have very extreme reactions to their child's diagnosis. Depending upon the parents, their reactions could be opposite. Indeed, when my son was first diagnosed, my wife and I experienced the "opposites" reaction described under "relief".

The Quiz and Denial One of the biggest problems with aspergers is that there is no "litmus paper" test. On the face of it, Aspergers often gets diagnosed with a quiz and a bit of observation. This makes it very easy for par…

Article: Just Plain Fed Up

The Curebie debate continues to rage and while it's not normally a thing I'd get involved with, there's quite an intelligent article from Tiff on Life on the Spectrum

The article is called;

Just Plain Fed Up

It walks the fine line between curing and acceptance and advocates neither. If it advocates anything, it's an end to advocacy. There's no doubt about it Tiff would certainly investigate a cure if one came along but it's this line that makes her different;

I'm not shinning a positive light on autism, I'm shinning a positive light on my SON who happens to have autism. He has a lot of gifts and I refuse to walk around looking like I've just attend his funeral so people can throw money towards a cure
I'm not sure that I agree with a cessation of all advocacy. After all, it's advocacy that gets ideas off the drawing board and into real life. I do however agree with Tiff's sentim…