Asperger's Syndrome and Adults... Is Anyone Listening? by Karen E. Rodman, Tony Attwood

By Karen E. Rodman, Tony Attwood

'This brief ebook, a set of essays and poems, seems to be on the loneliness, frustration and unhappiness skilled, no longer by way of the individual with the syndrome, yet by way of their companions, mom and dad and different kinfolk: it's they who've to deal with the absence of verbal exchange, affection and empathy anticipated from a reciprocal loving relationship.'

- Irish magazine of clinical Science

The problems confronted through individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) can't be underestimated, however the emotional difficulties skilled by way of those that aid them - companions, friends and family - are usually over-looked. targeting what's known as the Cassandra phenomenon, the place the neurotypical companion usually wishes extra emotional suggestions than the AS companion, this quantity gathers jointly letters, innovations and poems to provide voice to the loneliness, frustration and love felt by means of lots of individuals who're with reference to a number of individuals with AS. Assembled via FAAAS Inc. (Families of Adults bothered with Asperger's Syndrome), a widely known aid staff in particular for relations, pals and family of individuals with AS, this assortment will give you the emotional help, perception and figuring out had to care for the sentiments that AS conjures up inside of shut relationships.

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I have not been successful in connecting with him, at all. He only wrote angry letters, warning not to come see him, disappeared from the horizon for years. He hasn’t talked to us or been in contact for the last twenty-five years. It was so hard to understand how love and warmth A Commentary 59 begot hate and alienation. The others have some contact, but never utter what for them seem to be the hardest words: Dad or Mom. When they write, it is without greetings, and when we are together, on rare occasions, they move to another room, start reading when you talk to them, or walk away in the middle of a conversation.

49 50 Asperger’s Syndrome and Adults…Is Anyone Listening? He is now seeing this psychiatrist by his request (he hates psychiatrists but seems to trust her), keeping appointments, and working with her on medication. C recently met another person with “autism” and said, “I’m just like him. ” He was excited about it. We talked about AS briefly. I showed him the books. ” My husband and I just want to find ways to cope with him. We have spent twenty-four years keeping him alive, creating prosthetic environments, and protecting him from the world that never seems to fit him.

He is, I must add, a graduate of a prestigious university, a man of high verbal skills (though never able to express, in words, any emotions 56 A Commentary 57 or feelings – never), but ask him about some historical event and he can go on and on, not hearing anyone who interjects; I had been calling it “rolling down the hill,” unable to stop, oblivious to what others have said or want to say. He is completely not in touch even with his own feelings, even concerning himself; cannot describe to a doctor how he feels physically, where he hurts.

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