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How a Lack of Executive Functioning May Appear in Young Adults

You'll often hear that people with Aspergers syndrome have problems with "executive functioning" but what does it mean and how does it manifest in young adults?  In this post, I hope to give you some answers.

Put simply, executive functions are higher level functions such as planning, reasoning, problem solving, multi-tasking, attention span, inhibition, flexibility, self monitoring, self-initiation and self guidance.  I'm sure I've left out quite a few.

Executive functions are important but in an animal sense, a lack of them is usually not life threatening.  Eating, sleeping, moving and toileting for example, aren't classed as "executive functions".  While executive functioning provides many advantages, it's not so critical in the pure "animal" sense.  It's people and society that has made executive functioning critical in humans.

How a Lack of Executive Functioning Could Manifest in Young Adults
The remainder of this post will focu…

Autism Advocacy and Points of View

There's been a lot of discussion in the blogsphere recently culmulating in this interesting and insightful post about drawing lines in the sand. 

The ideals expressed were admirable but I could see several places where the author of the post hadn't actually met them (based on things said in comments and earlier posts). Like a true aspie champion of logic, I was about to point them out when I realised two things;

It's not very nice My slate isn't exactly clean either
It got me thinking about the bigger picture and inspired me to take a look at advocacy and different points of view. In particular, I was wondering how I personally would go accepting all of these conflicting points of view.

The Indivisible Point of View
We're advocates right? We have to have a point of view. In my case, I'm advocating for my children's right to be accepted as part of normal society. For their right to do things that others do and for their right to live without being judged on th…

Tony Attwood's Three Requisites for a Successful Relationship

I just finished reading an Aspergers Relationship book today (it's excellent by the way and a review is coming shortly). The book had a great quote from Tony Attwood near the end and it's such a great quote that I've been mulling it over all day long.

I thought it was worth repeating here;

Clinical and counselling experience suggests that there are three requisites for a successful relationship.

The first is that both partners acknowledge the diagnosis.The second requisite is motivation for both partners to change and learn.The third is access to relationship counselling modified to accommodate the profile of abilities and experiences of the partner with Aspergers Syndrome.
- Dr. Tony Attwood, "The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome"

Let's look at Tony's three requirements in more detail;

1. Both partners acknowledge the diagnosis
I know that I'm often saying that "it's just a label" and "it doesn't change you as a person&qu…

Medications and Special Needs - It's Your Choice

This is a best of the best of the best post.  Check this link after November 15 for a lot of of different perspectives on the same topic by other writers associated with Special Needs.

If you're new to the world of special needs, you'll quickly become acquianted with a list of "hot topics" ranging from debate about the use of jigsaw logos, to the words aspie, aspergian, autie and others. Of course, the biggest debate of all has always been - should we or shouldn't we medicate our children?

It's a good question and there's no easy answer.

Protest Groups
You really can't discuss this topic without talking about protest groups. There are protest groups everywhere and they all have different motivations. Some of them are against any kind of medication - including aspirin, some are based on "knee-jerk" reactions to incorrect research and some are simply reacting to "bad events" or bad press.

Of course, there are some good protest groups a…