Sharing: The Asperger Individualism

I really dig this post!  It’s a fascinating viewpoint!  I’ve often wondered about the potential impact of merging the two names/labels myself.   I’ve got a post brewing about that; this one is an excellent read!  The whole blog is brilliant and goes back a long way.  Definitely worth a thorough read-through!   I have bookmarked this one.  Enjoy!  🙂  ❤

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Throughout my life and modest literary endeavours, I firmly acknowledged the supreme primacy of detail before the whole, for reasons too obvious to state…

Nevertheless, since discovering that I live with Asperger’s on the neuro-divergent side of existence, I realised that the term autism was coined from the Greek autos which means self, as an essentially correct identification of Autism’s core individualism.

Even though I believe that Autism and Asperger’s share common traits (the Autistic Spectrum), I share the position of the ICD-10 as being different conditions, regardless of DSM-5’s arbitrary otherwise statements, which will be discussed in a future post, finding myself somewhere along Uta Frith’s lines which state that “The terms autism and Asperger’s syndrome are therefore not treated as mutually exclusive. We propose that the Asperger individual suffers from a particular form of autism”1 and also in line with Simon Baron-Cohen’s position of the “six…

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  1. This is very interesting. I have taken so many tests for Asperger’s and autism and pass them all, so I remain confused at times about exactly where I stand or how to refer to myself, as there are differing schools of thought on the matter. In fact, I am sure I have used them both at different times-never with an intent to misspeak about myself, but depending on who I am talking to, I guess. Perhaps I need to do more research…☺

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    1. Hi Cocoon 🙂
      Please allow me a little bit of assistance, hoping to help you clarify, actually yourself 😉
      The difference between Classic (High-Functioning) Autism and Asperger’s is according to Simon Baron-Cohen, something established in one’s childhood, in an individual’s language development. And the matter is as simple as it follows, for individuals with an IQ 85 and above :
      1.If the individual developed through childhood without language delay, it’s Asperger’s Autism
      2.If the individual developed through childhood with language delay, it’s High-Functioning Autism
      I do have my professional problems with the IQ, as I consider it an arbitrary assessment of rather mathematically oriented intellectual skills, being used nevertheless to assess the presence/absence of (severe) learning deficiencies/disabilities, for which there are further categories.
      Unfortunately though, such tests will seriously disadvantage/discriminate against 2E (twice exceptional 🤓) individuals such as myself, having besides Asperger’s/Autism, also Dyslexia and/or Dyscalculia, and therefore impeded in understanding/solving many of the IQ test questions within the allocated time limit. These IQ tests ignore the presence of other borderline genius capabilities, e.g. such as polyglottism or multilingualism, sometimes with a capacity to interpret synchronously between at least three languages.
      That’s why we need a paradigm shift for the understanding and development of a new social positioning of these conditions, otherwise we’ll end-up again forced to be “happy” about being tolerated…
      I hope I wasn’t too long 💐🤗🖖

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      1. Not long at all. 🙂 Thank you, Moshe. That is very helpful. It is pretty much what I thought, as they eliminated the idea of Asperger’s for my oldest boy based on language delay. ( Though you’d never know it now!) I didn’t have a language delay myself, but, in fact, talked early. I definitely agree about the IQ tests.

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