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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard asks…

Is being in your own little world a part of autism?

I have autism spectrum disorder or aspergers syndrome and I am in my own little world most of the time. It distracts me form my learning I start thinking about star trek or videogames or something else. I wonder is this a part of AS? Because I can be looking at the teacher and daydreaming at the same time and not get the assignment. Are most kids with aspurgers syndrome in there own little worlds? How can I get out of there?

admin answers:

It’s quite common for people with autism spectrum disorders to be in their own world a lot, but not everyone on the autism spectrum is like that and some people who are not on the spectrum are in their own world too.

I think being in our own world a lot can probably be explained at least partly by our environment not being suitable for us. I have Asperger’s syndrome too and I’m in my own world most of the time and I seem to go there when there is either too little or too much stimuli in my environment. I go to my own world in attempt to regulate the stimuli to make it the way I need it to be.

When I was in school I was bored most of the time, because the things we were studying about were too easy for me, so I kept my mind busy by being in my own world a lot, dealing with something more challenging. When I felt lonely and didn’t really have any friends or family to feel close to, I went to my own world to spend time with imaginary, loving friends. At my current working place there is excessive sensory input and I go to my own world a lot to try to block out some of the sensory input and distractions around me. I don’t go to my own world when I’m in a good, suitable environment with an appropriate amount of challenges and sensory experiences and balanced emotions.

I’ve never really attempted to stop being in my own world, because I don’t consider it much of a problem, but I guess that if i wanted to, I’d try to do it by trying to make my environment more suitable somehow, for example by making sure I have something challenging and interesting to do, but a good sensory and emotional environment to do it in.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale

Sharon asks…

AS: High Functioning and low-Functioning?

Hi there YA community – I was wondering what the ranges are of Asperger‘s Syndrome and what qualifies and what doesn’t. For example:

I met two kids with AS in High School. One spoke solely in monotone, tortured small animals in his spare time, smelled awful and never shaved, screamed obscenities for no reason on a regular basis, could fall over standing still and couldn’t run ten feet without tripping over himself, had perpetually glazed-over eyes and screamed anything random and pointless he could think of. He considered everybody else in the world a total retard, tried to burn down an abandoned house near the school and eventually was expelled for trying to steal all the pencil-sharpeners (he got through one).

The other never spoke to anybody or initiated a conversation, but when I spoke to him I found out he had an I.Q. of 160 and the intelligence to prove it- he had an encyclopedic knowledge of engineering, biology, essentially ALL the sciences, as well as all the Star Trek Episodes and he had drawn vast and complex geometric murals of aliens, robots and such. He never offended anybody and essentially stayed out of everyone’s way, preferring his private world to the one that was surrounding him.

Which one of these is more common? Does AS really have this much range or are these two simply misdiagnosed?

admin answers:

The second one is quite common, but the first one sounds either misdiagnosed (not AS) or has some very serious non-AS issues going on…..but yes, the range of personalities, abilities etc is vast.

*** All Aspergers, by clinical definition, are High-functioning. Anyone who is scored as Low-functioning (global functioning scale) is prevented from receiving an AS diagnosis by the diagnostic criteria….though mistakes do get made.

Levels of functioning relate to how you can survive in the real world – fianances, self-care, feeding yourself etc – and are not based on IQ, personality or temperament. As awful as the first person seems, you’ve said nothing to prove he’s not high-functioning.

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