Hi and welcome,
This is the new and updated home for my website Inside Perspectives, which I wrote some years ago in an attempt to analyse and give inside perspectives on some of the most common differences, difficulties, reactions, talents and idiosyncrasies in people with Asperger Syndrome, autism and related conditions.
The info on this site will be centred primarily around adult ‘Aspies’ (= people with Asperger Syndrome), but many traits are shared with others on the neuro-psychiatric/Neurodiversity Spectrum so some of these (ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, Scotopic Sensitivity, Synesthesia, OCD, Tourette Syndrome etc) are included as well.
Like a growing number of experts and people on the spectrum, I consider most Autism Spectrum Differences to be natural neurological- or personality-type variations, explainable by any combination of the following:
- Personality type and neurological structure geared towards specialisation or creativity rather than towards generalisation, vocalisation and socialisation.
- Quicker-than-average intellectual or creative development, often at the expense of:
- Slower-than-average social-emotional development.
- Androgyny or different brain gender than body gender.
- Rare temperament (e.g. being an Introvert or Intuitive).
- Atypical learning style or brain hemisphere dominance.
- Tendency to trance or space out.
- Innate sensitivity or sensory processing differences.
- Differences in energy level.
- In some cases actual neurological impairments or brain differences.
Thanks to all the wonderful people - too many to list - who have contributed with quotes, inspiration and information.
The information herein is based on a combination of personal experience and accounts from hundreds of people with AS, ADHD, dyslexia etc. whom I’ve gotten to know over the Internet and/or in real life. However, they are still generalisations or unique experiences and may not be applicable to everyone with a similar diagnosis.
Also note that I am not a medical professional and that the views presented here are just my own personal opinions. Always consult your primary health care professional and use your own discrimination before following any suggested advice.