Special thanks to Cathy, Emerald Queen, Rotem, Daan and Andrew for making this episode possible!
Living on the spectrum is difficult, and I don’t think people appreciate what it’s truly like. This is the eighth (and a half ;D) part of a series of videos where I discuss the various symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning autism) and give examples from my own life regarding what it’s like to live with AS.
Whether you have a personal relationship with somebody who has AS, or you’ve only met an AS sufferer once, I hope these videos will help you appreciate the true difficulty of living with the syndrome. I am doing these videos not because I am seeking pity… I am not seeking pity. Please do not go out of your way to offer it. I am doing this because I know there are a lot of young boys and girls who have the syndrome and do not know they have it.
I wasn’t diagnosed with AS until I was 18, and being undiagnosed can lead to confusing, embarrassing, and sometimes traumatic experiences… experiences which are not just unique to me. In fact, they afflict the majority of people who have AS. If I had known when I was younger that I had the syndrome, I could have saved myself a lot of grief and lived a much more fulfilling, productive life. That’s not to say I don’t lead a happy life now… but I think we can all agree that by addressing these types of problems earlier, we can spend much more of our life feeling fulfilled and feeling productive, especially considering we have such a short time on this planet.
“Coaching” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzlGYfyEiso
Episode 1 (Eye-Contact): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YthpIMzjeyM
Episode 2 (Meltdowns): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OThLUf1UgNg
Episode 3 (Social Awkwardness): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTIDQQbgK60
Episode 4 (Intimate Relationships): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeAN0QtHiZ4
Episode 4.5 (The Female Perspective): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dffpxyEpato
Episode 5 (Narrow Interests): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWGGWZUXQzU
Episode 6 (Special Talents): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww5bKtRqD9o
Episode 7 (School Nightmares): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6nd_zrWIYs
Episode 8 (Prescriptions): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxhUWn7V6Ds
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Autism Spectrum Quotient Test: https://psychology-tools.com/autism-spectrum-quotient/
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