Asperger Syndrome & Autism

I've been trying to think of a way to explain what Asperger Syndrome (AS) & Autism are without copying anyone else, so I decided to just type how I'm affected by each symptom (AS & Autism affect all 5 senses, social & communication skills and other stuff). Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what AS is.

Sounds I don't like to hear:

Balloons Being Popped

Cars at the race track

The dog barking

The school fire alarm

The smoke alarm and other high pitched noises

Taste And Things That Make Me Gag:

Those rubber gloves they use at the Dentist

The X Ray film you have to bite down on at the Dentist

I can also taste the difference in different brands of certain foods

Things I Don't Like To Feel:

Anything Sticky Or Messy

Bee Stings

Being snapped with a rubber band

Needles

Static Shocks

Things I Don't Like To See:

Bright Lights

Shadows Of Certain Stuff (Magnified by light)

Social & Communication:

I never knew that people were supposed to make eye contact with each other when having a casual conversation until the school social worker asked me why I never look at people's eyes when talking with them. I used to think that eye contact was only part of giving a speech or business conversations. I still don't look into other people's eyes because I don't feel comfortable with it.

I can't read people, so I wouldn't be able to tell if they were lying or joking (even if I did look into their eyes).

My Brain Doesn't Process Information The Same Way As Most People

I don't recognize people by their face (unless I'm related to them or see them a lot or something). Hair is the first thing I notice, so if someone does something different (like a hair cut or perm) it takes me longer to recognize them.

My brain cannot process more than one thing at a time ~ if I try to, I'll just get confused.

Motor Skills

I'm very clumsy sometimes

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Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a milder high functioning form of Autism

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I'll type more symptoms (and how I'm affected by them) as I think of them.

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