International Asperger's Day

by: michelewln

Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:41:58 AM EST

Today is International Asperger's Day. It is celebrated today because the man who first recognized this was Hans Asperger who was born on this day in 1906. Although Asperger's Syndrome is now classified as Autism Spectrum Disorder those of us whose lives have been touched by this still refer to our loved ones as Aspies and indeed they refer to themselves as Aspies.

My grandson Tristen has Asperger's Syndrome. It has been a long hard struggle for him but he is doing fantastic now. He has well above average intelligence. He is a junior in High School and already colleges are trying to convince him to become a student at their institution. He is in National Honors Society. He has overcome bullying because he is different. He has learned how to make friends.

What is an Aspie like? An Aspie will walk a mile in heavy traffic to make tea for me when I am sick. An Aspie will come over and clean out and tune up my computers. Did I mention we refer to him as Tech Support? An Aspie is a person who towers over me and will wrap his arms around me and say, "I love you Aunt Michele."

How does an Aspie think? These are some thoughts Tristen had posted on Facebook.

Vision: How can the future be so hard to predict when all of my worst fears keep coming true?

Wishes: When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true. Unless it's really a meteorite hurtling to the Earth which will destroy all life. Then you're pretty much hosed no matter what you wish for. Unless it's death by meteor.

Tradition: Just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean it's not incredibly stupid.

The Secret of Success: What is The Secret? Pretend you've already achieved it- Then offer to sell The Secret to others.

Pressure: It can turn a lump of coal into a flawless diamond, or an average person into a perfect basket case.

Problems: No matter how great and destructive your problems may seem now, remember, you've probably only seen the tip of them.

Pessimism: Every dark cloud has a silver lining, but lightning kills hundreds of people each year who are trying to find it.

Overconfidence: Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you could survive the odds beating you.

Madness: Madness does not always howl. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "Hey, is there room in your head for one more?"

Indifference: It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn't take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.

Government: If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions.

My Aspie is smart, funny, generous, and loving. Today is International Asperger's Day. It is a day to let the world know you love an Aspie. I love you Tristen.

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I <3 Tristen (2.00 / 10)
This is a great one:

Tradition: Just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean it's not incredibly stupid

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

Awesome Grandson you've got there (2.00 / 9)
I LOL'd at:

Wishes: When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true. Unless it's really a meteorite hurtling to the Earth which will destroy all life. Then you're pretty much hosed no matter what you wish for. Unless it's death by meteor.

I was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and I'm learning more every day about how badly I misunderstood what Asperger's is. Your Grandson has a bright future ahead of him. Different is good.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013

I am not an Aspie (2.00 / 10)
but I do have nonverbal learning disability, which is not altogether dissimilar.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

T sounds great (2.00 / 6)
my aspie isn't there yet.  he's got some issues coming out of elementary school and i am terrified of junior high.  i have hope.  

and the dsm is changing.  

thank you so much (2.00 / 5)
my nephew is an Aspie (he's 6 years old and lives with us).  

i can never say this out loud but he is my favorite person in all the world.  he's nonverbal, but brilliant. the most wonderful and complex human being i've ever known.  everything i need to know about people, i've learned from my Little Professor.  

Twitter Doesn't Make You Martin Luther King

T sounds absolutely adorable (2.00 / 6)
and very intelligent.  

with Jamie, i think i knew or strongly suspected that the differences i treasured (but feared would make his life so difficult) at a year or a little older.  

Twitter Doesn't Make You Martin Luther King

Wow (2.00 / 4)
My bff is a Aspie. He's not perfect. I'm not either. He can get on my nerves, but I know damned well I can get on his too, so I better not complain. :)

I really love the thoughts by Tristan. I can honestly say that I agree with him. The most wonderful thing about having an Aspie as a best friend is that I know he won't lie to me to make me feel good. If I ask for his opinion, that's what I'm going to get. He and my hubby are the only two men that I know would answer me honestly if I asked "does this "x" make me look fat?". LOL Thank heavens. Those who would lie to you about that also won't bother to tell you if you have an ugly bit of green pasta crap attached to your lower lip at a restaurant. Trust me, that stuff is more important than if you look fat in your jeans. LOL

Anyhow, my hat is off to any Aspie and also to those who are similar, but don't fit on the spectrum. :) Pssst yes, I mean you plf515

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My Boy (2.00 / 3)
His Mom and I still chuckle at Tristen trying to say that even though I'm an older woman (65 next month) I still pretty hot. But then again how can you not love someone who introduces you to his friends as his "kick ass Aunt."

Technically I'm his Aunt. His Mom is my late brother's only child. I helped to raise her though and she always calls me Mom. I think of her as my daughter and her three children as my grandchildren which is why you will see me calling them either grandchildren or nieces and nephews.

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde


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