This sort of hits close to home.I was diagnosed as autistic,when I was in first grade.I am somewhere between Asperger's,and Autism, on the spectrum.(I believe my father was an Aspergerian,as we call them,so I believe mine is mostly inherited.)As a child,I had VERY poor communication skills,both verbal,and written.My verbal communication skills are still very substandard,almost as bad as Dustin Hoffman's in "Rain Man",but I worked VERY hard to develop my proficiency in written language. There is much about ASDs,that a piece like this does not discuss,probably because of ignorance.There are profound delays,in physical development,many of which never correct themselves.The OCD aspects are played down.A biggie is spinning,and spinning objects by hand.Which may be why I,and other autistics,were drawn to records,in the first place.
There are numerous other associated disorders.ASDs have been found in disorders like Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/76505564/ABSTRACT?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 ,and many,like myself,have severe,disabling autoimmune diseases,which I would almost say should be a requirement for a Dx.
/Off my soapbox/
Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Ya know, my partner and I had dinner with someone who fits this set of
symptoms perfectly... not a collector though...
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Jul 18, 2006, at 8:43 PM, phillip holmes wrote:
>>> The following are a number of signs and symptoms that might be
>>> associated with Asperger's Syndrome:
>>> -inappropriate or minimal social interactions
>>> -conversations almost always revolving around self rather than others
>>> -"scripted," "robotic," or repetitive speech
>>> -lack of "common sense"
>>> -problems with reading, math, or writing skills
>>> -obsession with complex topics such as patterns or music
>>> -average to above-average verbal cognitive abilities
>>> -average to below-average nonverbal cognitive abilities
>>> -awkward movements
>>> -odd behaviors or mannerisms
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