One of the things that people on the spectrum do really poorly is manage their own time. This is because people with autism often suffer from poor executive functioning. They have difficulty planning out their day or estimating how long a task will take. They're also very easily distracted. Time management is a critical skill, particularly after your child had left school and is expected to take charge of their own day. In this post, I want to look at some of the reasons why time management fails and some of the changes we can make to train ourselves to be better at it. Who Manages Your Time? In your formative years, you do very little time management and it's usually your parents who set alarms and cajole you out of bed, harass you into getting dressed, slog through the breakfast routine, push you into the car and drop you off at school. Once at school, you're at the mercy of the timetable but apart from getting the right books to the right classes on time,
My just turned 2 year old has just been diagnosed ppd nos, and they susepct that will change to Aspergers at the next evaluation. So glad I found your blog. Before diagnosis I had often joked to my husband that he was autisitc becuase he took things so literally and was always the last one to get the jokes. Sounds like our story could be similar to yours.
Thanks for your blog, I look forward to following.
but for over a decade i worked on a psych ward for schizophrenics. and it clicked fairly well with my personality.
i was able to identify several reasons:
1. schizophrenics are extremely literal, even more than the average person with AS. so, they're communication and ability to process info is very literal, very concrete. interacting with the clients was a fairly straightforward set of interactions.
2. schizohphrenics tend to be fairly shut down, socially speaking. so their interactions fall back into literal-minded scripts, there is very little nuance to their social skills.
3. working with clients who are concrete thinkers involves much, much repetition. you encourage something...and then repeat yourself, over and over, for (in some cases) years. the nature of the work is very slow, very repetetive. meaning that AS traits can click very well with schizophrenic traits. they need exactly what someone on the spectrum can provide: structure and repetition.
anyway. this was my experience, i'm just throwing it out there. thanks for the post.