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ERIC Number: EJ914588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
Insight into an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Birch, Jen
Kairaranga, v7 n2 p16-19 2006
In this article, the author shares some insights on the characteristics of a person with Asperger's syndrome, a condition on the higher-functioning end of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Born in 1955, the author was raised in rural South Auckland. As a baby, she propelled herself around the floor on her stomach, using her limbs as flippers, instead of crawling in the usual way. When her mother had to take her shopping, the bright, flashing advertising displays cause her to scream non-stop in terror. She couldn't mix with the other children in playcentre nor would she do finger painting. Starting school was a frightening time for her. A very shy child, she could sometimes form a one-to-one friendship. At 12, she found it hard to make friends, and having a conversation was challenging due to her slower processing speeds, different thought patterns, and lack of a sense of social understanding. Reaching the age when she and her peers were entering the working world, she was still very under-prepared to function in this milieu. She was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 43. Finding out the reason why she had always had certain differences and difficulties felt like a blessing straight from heaven.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand