By Lawrence Osborne
Asperger's hasn't ever been truly outlined, bordering autism on one facet and excessive intelligence and verbal eccentricity at the different. The disorder is a type of cultural lightning rod. First, it is a onto which we undertaking the very genuine and well-founded fears of social isolation inherent in psychological sickness. but in addition connected to it's a type of admiration and envy and (among those that be afflicted by Asperger's) a type of elitism, a feeling of being one of many select, in a global almost always peopled via neurotypicals.
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39 40 l aw r e n c e o s b or n e : AMERICAN NORMAL “Oh, no. We find Ritalin works perfectly for them. ” “We already have three of them. We’re thinking of using Auditory Integration Training. ” It was better not to ask what AIT was, so I nodded. ” Meanwhile the bar was alive with what could be called psychiatric conversation. ” The question shot back and forth across the room in high voices. ” The Hilton lecture hall was indeed packed. Elizabeth King Gerlach was quite a beautiful woman, a young blond from Oregon whose son Nicky had been diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was seven.
And then the microscope explains how the fly can walk up the wall: just yesterday I saw it has teeny weeny claws on the feet and at the ends tiny little hooks; when it feels that it slips, then it hooks itself up with the hooks. And the butterfly does not grow up in the room as the fly does. I have not read anything about that and I know nothing about it. ”) “It is worth mentioning here,” Asperger theorizes, “that all young children have a spontaneous way with words and can produce novel but particularly apt expressions.
In his own words, they are: • A profound lack of affective contact with other people. • An anxiously obsessive desire for the preservation of sameness. • A fascination for objects which are handled with skill in fine motor movements. • Mutism, or a kind of language which does not seem intended to serve interpersonal communication. • The retention of an intelligent and pensive physiognomy and good cognitive potentional manifested, in those who can speak, by feats of memory. Kanner’s children also showed signs of echolalia—a mechanical repeating of phrases or words associated with experiences even as the contexts of those experiences change.
American Normal: The Hidden World of Asperger Syndrome by Lawrence Osborne