By Harvey Molloy
How do young children with Asperger Syndrome view themselves and their very own lives? This ebook is predicated on broad interviews with teens clinically determined with AS. It comprises six existence tales, as specific from medical case experiences, written in collaboration with the kids themselves. those current an genuine and interesting examine the lives of the teens and the way AS has formed their becoming identities. The tales give you the foundation for a dialogue of universal topics and concerns dealing with little ones with AS. Asperger Syndrome, youth and id additionally questions the medicalized deficit method of Asperger Syndrome and discusses the social repercussions of labelling kids as having AS.
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My reaction at the time of getting the diagnosis was pure relief at finally finding an explanation for my behavior and knowing that here was a key to getting the support that I needed. I saw the diagnosis essentially in terms of the benefits it could provide me, such as access to a good school where everyone could understand me and I could do my best. I never saw it as a ‘label’ in the negative sense of the word. After the diagnosis I was able to get a place in a state secondary school about 20 miles away from home that had a Chinnor Resource Unit attached to it.
He later began to attend some mainstream lessons with a support worker; and eventually in his lower sixth-form year he was able fully to integrate, unsupported, into a mainstream course of four A-levels: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. He achieved A grades in all four subjects. During his time at the Chinnor Resource Unit, Lee began to do volunteer work at the ‘Fun Club,’ an after school club for autistic children. Here he met and worked with a nine-year-old boy who, like Lee when he was younger, loved to create and invent using old broken electrical equipment.
I noticed the change in my sixth-form year at school. A lot of the bullying that happens during GCSEs just disappears. All of a sudden everyone has a common focus because you don’t do sixth-form unless you have a real interest in your subjects. Everyone else just drops out to go work in Waitrose. In terms of self-definition, I wouldn’t define myself as an ‘Aspie’ anymore, but I do see myself as a computer scientist. I feel there is a clear link between Asperger’s and computer science. Look at Bill Gates – he’s definitely got Asperger’s, and I think that sort of sums up the connection.