• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”
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The Baseball Obsessed Pre-Schooler

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… “I don’t have any narrowly focused special interests, no all-consuming obsessions—not during childhood.” I protested my diagnosis, but only for a moment. I knew all the players; I knew their numbers. I knew the line-up; I knew all the stats. …

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Aspie Teen: Single-Minded Obsessed Kid!

Aspie Teen is always on YouTube watching “pranks,” and cackling like maniac.  I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve sat through the same drive-through pranks with him laughing hysterically at the SAME ONES, over and over! So this morning he comes downstairs, and the first thing he says, …

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Love or Obsession: When a Person Becomes an #Aspie’s Special Interest

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… According to the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), having an “encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus” is a core symptom of AS. I’ve had many special …

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Focusing on Special Interests

Asperger’s Syndrome and Special Interests   Special Interests, For When My Well Runs Dry. I can focus for hours and hours on end on reading, writing, or playing poker. The rest of the world disappears; I can forget it exists. It calms me, and the stress melts away. When I’m …

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