The ‘Problem’ of Body Language – Part II

In my first post on this topic I spoke about how the ‘problem’ I experience with body language is that people often misinterpret my actions. In this post I wanted to talk a little bit more about what that actually looks like and how seriously damaging it can be to otherwise healthy relationships. And then, as a happy ending, I’ll tell you about the freedom I’ve felt in certain ‘autism-friendly’ spaces where all of these issues disappear completely Continue reading

The ‘Problem’ of Body Language

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO: Aspergers and Body Language

Do you remember who taught you how to smile? Who told you that you should clench your fists when you’re angry? Or jump up and down when you’re excited?

You’ve probably heard the stereotype that people with Aspergers aren’t good at body language. Today I want to flip that completely… Continue reading

My Next Personal Challenge – Half Marathon for AWEgust for AWEtism

AWEgust for AWEtism is a month-long campaign run by the I CAN Network which raises funds to support peer to peer mentoring in high schools. It aims to bring out the AWE in AWEtism by encouraging us to take on a personal challenge and move past the self-limiting beliefs that hold us back.

Last year for AWEgust I shaved my head live on camera – leaving behind the dreadlocks that had been my safety blanket for nearly 15 years. This year my new challenge is to run a half-marathon. This is another seemingly ridiculous goal that I never thought I would be able to do… Continue reading

Rejection is the story of my life: “What’s wrong with you?”

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO: Rejection is the Story of My Life…

When I first shared with some close friends that my next blog entry was going to be called “Rejection is the story of my life” a common reaction was something like:

“Is that really true? I mean, you have friends. People care about you. I’m sure you often feel rejected but is it really your defining experience?”

Well actually, if I had to name the defining Aspergers experience, rejection might very well be at the top of the list. Continue reading