Some perspective...and a few References for those that care. Answered
John Elder Robinson, the author of "Look Me In The Eye: my life with Asperger's" writes this:
"Many descriptions of autism and Asperger's describe people like me as 'not wanting contact with others' or 'preferring to play alone'. ...I;d like to be VERY clear about my own feelings: I did not ever want to be alone. And all those child psychologists (1960's) who said 'John prefers to play by himself' were DEAD wrong. I played by myself because (at the time) I was a failure at playing with others...As a young adult, I was lucky to discover and join the world of musicians & soundmen and special-effects people. People in those lines of work expect to deal with eccentric people. "
Elsewhere he writes: "I suspect that grown-ups drew me out enough as a child to keep me engaged and on a path with my conversational limitations better than children.,,,my inablility to read body language or appearance meant--in a world rife with discrimination-- that I treated everone the same."
"I have learned to begin conversations with a question, like 'How are you?' ...now I realize that many normal people are acting in a superficial and often false manner. So rather then let them make me feel bad, I'd express my annoyance...Fortunately, I had enough satisfactory exchanges with intelligent grown ups to keep me wanting to interact. No one would have looked at me thirty years ago and foreseen that I'd have the social skills I have today, or the ability to express the emotions, thoughts, and feelings you read in this book. "
From Tony Attwood's book: "The person may actively seek and enjoy solitude, be a loyal friend and have a distinct sense of humour."
As for the Co-Morbid anxiety that occurs with many AS persons; try this.....
Reading the book may help....
References given in the book for your entertainment......
The OASIS Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
Look Me In The Eye
Temple Grandin's site
Passing as human....
The curious incident of a dog in the nighttime....summary
And finally, The world needs ALL kinds of minds.....Temple Grandin.
a blog that is aplicable......
How about one on rerouting brain function?
And other then ADAM, and Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures, you also should consider seeing Mozart and the Whale.
I have had it indicated to me that maybe it was not a good idea to start a conversation about the demonstations of mental and cranial plasiticity, and that it would be better served elsewhere.