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By Harvey Molloy

How do children with Asperger Syndrome view themselves and their very own lives? This publication is predicated on broad interviews with youth clinically determined with AS. It contains six lifestyles tales, as specified from medical case experiences, written in collaboration with the kids themselves. those current an genuine and interesting examine the lives of the kids and the way AS has formed their transforming into identities. The tales give you the foundation for a dialogue of universal topics and concerns dealing with youngsters with AS. Asperger Syndrome, formative years and id additionally questions the medicalized deficit method of Asperger Syndrome and discusses the social repercussions of labelling young children as having AS.

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But her travel skills are definitely not those of your average 15-year-old. ’ Helen feels that it was Rachel’s play/art therapy that eventually helped her to see herself as a unique and valid person and not an embodiment of Asperger Syndrome: When Rachel was about ten years old her play/art therapist noted that she was overly identified with being autistic and having Asperger’s and not seeing herself as a person, and a lot of what happened in the play/art therapy helped her to see that lots of the stuff she did and felt and thought was actually a function of being her rather than being an Aspie.

On the whole I do think most people with Asperger’s tend to be fairly intelligent. If I could change myself and get rid of the Asperger’s, I honestly don’t think I would because I’m sure I’d lose part of my intelligence. R achel is 15 years old and lives in the Greater London area with her mother Helen and 16-year-old brother James, who is autistic. Rachel’s parents separated when she was four but Rachel’s father lives close by and she stays with him every third weekend. Rachel has never attended a mainstream school and is currently a day pupil at a small residential specialist secondary school for girls.

I’m almost never angry at home. It’s mainly when I’m at Dad’s or at school that I get cheesed off and where I find getting on with people slightly more difficult. When it’s just me and Mum we get on perfectly fine. But sometimes when my brother’s being particularly annoying or my dad’s doing something that I’m not really happy about I actually swear at them. There is one girl in my class, Jenny, who I find extremely annoying. She just never leaves people alone and she’s always touching you and generally just invading your space.

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