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Learning a lot from my AS ds...

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Swiddle Thu 02-Jun-11 12:49:21

My aspie son asks me why I say hello to people at the school gates, as I saw them yesterday and said hello then.
And do you know what, he's got a point.
Sometimes I think that the AS kids/adults have got it right, and the neuro-typicals have got it wrong.
They are sincere and thoughtful, not shallow socialites. They have a lower tolerance for invasion of their personal space, and frankly I respect that. It's not so easy to go and live in a shepherd's hut on the hillside these days, and as they're in the minority, they have to rub along with the rest of us, loud and insensitive as we are. If they were in the majority, perhaps we'd have a well ordered, peaceful, straightforward world.
Perhaps us NTs are the disabled ones, being less able to concentrate, whilst the AS ones are in fact extra-abled. (I guess this doesn't apply to those profoundly affected, and I don't mean to be tactless).
Ever think that we have a lot to learn from our AS kids?

Ineedalife Thu 02-Jun-11 14:14:32

My Dd3 doesn't have a dx but she has taught me a lot about speaking clearly and saying what you mean.

She is very honest and intelligent and I love that, however it can make life tricky at

leiela Thu 02-Jun-11 15:30:38

I love that quality about my ASD son, he doens't lie cheat or steal he say's exactly what he thinks.

If i ask him and my husband about a dress... my husband is likely to say "it's nice" regardless of what he really thinks. At least my son will never let me leave the house looking like a bag lady because he's too polite to tell me my dress is horrible


niminypiminy Thu 02-Jun-11 20:35:14

There was a lovely moment at DS1's annual review. We were talking about his improving social skills, and I said 'mind you, he'll still go up to people parking on the pavement and tell them what they're doing is illegal', and the specialist TA who was present said 'and that's what so great about people with Asperger's!' smile smilesmile

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