How would you explain aspergers to someone??

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Belushi87
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02 May 2012, 3:04 am

whenever i get the chance to explain to people that i have Aspergers, how would i tell them what it is?
and how would i explain that i work with a support worker three days a week?

i'm wondering because whenever i get a boyfriend, i want to tell him at the beginning of the relationship, but i wouldnt know how to appoach him and explain it to him.



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02 May 2012, 3:11 am

I've found that I really can't explain it concisely.

What I do is try to find the relevant points and describe those - usually sensory sensitivities, shutdowns, and particular elements of social difficulties.



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02 May 2012, 3:41 am

It tends to be rather difficult for me to explain to people especially when most people don't understand what it is so I bring up HFA strangely enough more people understand that but do not understand AS. Luckily enough or unluckily enough I have both. Since AS is pretty much a sub-category of HFA it is easier to explain to them that way. :roll:


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02 May 2012, 4:29 am

I would say it's a forum of autism and then go on telling them your symptoms.



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02 May 2012, 4:36 am

League_Girl wrote:
I would say it's a forum of autism and then go on telling them your symptoms.
Same here



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02 May 2012, 4:36 am

"I am not of this earth. Human."

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02 May 2012, 6:59 am

Aspergers can only be explained to people who want to know. Even then, for some it can take a long time before they can begin to grasp some understanding. Intelligence levels also have a lot to do with their ability to comprehend.

Personally, I stick with the concise definition of Aspergers ---> "Aspergers = THINK differently"


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02 May 2012, 7:06 am

Verdandi wrote:
I've found that I really can't explain it concisely.

What I do is try to find the relevant points and describe those - usually sensory sensitivities, shutdowns, and particular elements of social difficulties.





i like the above. sometimes i say it's a learning disability in the area of social functioning.



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02 May 2012, 7:49 am

CornerPuzzlePieces wrote:
"I am not of this earth. Human."

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:lol: I think that is how you explain being psychotic!



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02 May 2012, 8:50 am

Verdandi wrote:
I've found that I really can't explain it concisely.

What I do is try to find the relevant points and describe those - usually sensory sensitivities, shutdowns, and particular elements of social difficulties.

^ this is what i do whenever the topic comes up; if they want to know more, i ask them to give specific questions i can answer.
if you want them to truly understand, direct them to wrong planet and tell them to read around (i did this to one or 2 people, but i didn't disclose my screenname on here, i like my anonymity)



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02 May 2012, 11:00 am

Belushi87 wrote:
. . . i'm wondering because whenever i get a boyfriend, i want to tell him at the beginning of the relationship, but i wouldnt know how to appoach him and explain it to him.

Because of some past relationships which didn't really work out I've decided that a future partner needs to understand that I need a lot of alone time. For example, I like to take long walks (from 1 to 2 hours). It's one method I use to emotionally process.



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02 May 2012, 1:04 pm

Belushi87 wrote:
whenever i get the chance to explain to people that i have Aspergers, how would i tell them what it is?
and how would i explain that i work with a support worker three days a week?

i'm wondering because whenever i get a boyfriend, i want to tell him at the beginning of the relationship, but i wouldnt know how to appoach him and explain it to him.


I would explain it by making them watch this movie, the whole thing. Christopher Lamberts character explains coping with NT culture much better than I can. Here is a clip from the movie.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LV0ondJXMs[/youtube]