Hi, I’m new to GRASP. I’m really happy to be here but also really nervous. As with anything that is complex and important to me, I kind of don’t know where to start discussing the million thoughts I have about this. “This” being everything I’ve been learning about Asperger’s, especially as it presents in women, and its implications for my future.
About a year ago I self-diagnosed as having Asperger’s. Two things led to it. I have a young nephew who had just been diagnosed…Continue
For those who have not yet heard, there is a new documentary airing on PBS from Chris Larsen called Neurotypical. It is also available online to stream. Check it out here: http://www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/.
I have just posted a YouTube video (Adult Asperger's Syndrome -- Gorus #18 ) that you may find interesting. I almost did not post it because I found it pretty intense when I played it back for myself. I feel I may be revealing more of myself than I ought to, but then I remember the point of these videos is to be honest and to not color or doctor, in any way, my experiences of Asperger's in the real world. It is very…Continue
Dear Members, Families, Friends, and Fellow Spectrumites,
I am so excited to be writing this letter to you today as the new Executive Director of GRASP. As the facilitator of the Hudson Valley support group chapter, I have had the privilege of working closely with Michael John, the Board, and the members of this wonderful organization. I have been a witness to and a participant in the great work that we do to spread the word of our mission: which is to improve…Continue
One of the more common challenges (at least according to the experts) for a child with Asperger Syndrome is developing an understanding of the subtleties of communication. I can't speak for other children, but Haydn definitely has trouble with basic conversation skills. He always asked questions and made little speeches (mostly about fans and lights), but actual conversation is a real challenge.
His initial diagnosis included "Semantic-Pragmatic Language Impairment," which of course…Continue
Added by Ryan on September 11, 2012 at 8:33pm — No Comments
"Stimming" (in quotes for the last time in this story) is fairly common to the autism spectrum. There are a hundred different definitions in a hundred different books and they all are probably correct. I don't believe a simple definition can sum up everything that stimming is, or what it does, for people on the autism spectrum. For example, here is a dictionary definition:
Stimming is a…
Added by Ryan on July 15, 2012 at 8:35pm — No Comments
Rebroadcast from Haydn's World, where we subscribe to the philosophy:
"The autism spectrum is entirely too serious to take seriously."
It's Thursday night and it's time to take a little trip out to the mall to buy some warmer clothes for Haydn. We walk into The Children's Place and Haydn immediately needs to use the potty. Amanda (Mommy) starts looking for clothes while we go check out the bathroom. He goes into the stall alone, comes…Continue
Added by Ryan on December 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Re-broadcasted from "Haydn's World"
Where we subscribe to the philosophy: 'The autism spectrum is entirely too serious to be taken seriously.'
Welcome to Haydn's World...
My son is way too cute to be my kid.
My wife says she sees me in him, but I only see Daddy when he is about to get into trouble. He gives me a…
Added by Ryan on December 12, 2011 at 9:46pm — No Comments
Added by Ryan on December 12, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments