June 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Diagnosis, Family, Mind, Nature, Senses, Sight, Touch | 6 Comments
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Touch one, touch all.

At age three, you or your child may be told to put 50 fallen liquidambar leaves in a bucket.

Sounds fair: kids should help around the home.

50 ain’t many.

It’s a fine day.

Parents are near.

So why the crying?

The liquidambar leaf shape is relatively complex.

Worse, it can take infinite autumnal hues.

To an aspie toddler, a sole leaf may look challenging enough.

Mixed with other leaves, it becomes even more complicated – with endless permutations.

Focused on one leaf, the other 49 seem legion; the work highly daunting.

With more leaves falling on already cleared ground, the task appears impossible.

Too many simultaneous data overload the brain – triggering stress and threatening shutdown.

Mother can’t fathom the problem.

Nor can father, who becomes irate.

Yet the ‘brat’ before him isn’t ‘spoilt’, ‘stupid’, ‘disobedient’, ‘wilful’ or ‘lazy’.

Merely showing an early sign of what may take decades to identify and address.

It’s therefore advisable to try the ‘teaspoon test‘ before things turn ugly.

Doing so will likely save all parties time,

effort and


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October 8, 2012 at 7:32 am | Posted in Diagnosis, Treatment | 3 Comments
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Worth the trip.

If your counsellor  mentions ‘Highly Sensitive Person Syndrome‘, your first impulse may be to laugh.

First, it sounds like a pretty wishy-washy name.

Second, you already suffer from Asperger Syndrome; of what possible use could another condition be?

Still, as you’re always questing to find your way in a difficult world, you may accept your counsellor’s recommendation to read The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron.

If you do, you may be struck by three things:

  1. There’s a questionnaire to see just how sensitive you are. Chances are you’ll attain a perfect score.
  2. Elaine is obviously an HSP, and her empathy with your condition is very welcome.
  3. She offers some useful and practical life tips.

Chief among these are:

  • Be your own ‘parent’ (i.e. look after yourself as if you still had a living and/or caring mother or father).
  • If you’re about to freak out in a situation, give it just a bit more time. Promise yourself you can leave if things remain difficult. There’s a good chance that after you get over your initial panic, you’ll be OK.
  • You really can’t afford to hide in your room forever. Especially if you have a partner. Give new things a go now and then. If something is too hard, you can always withdraw. But at least make an effort.

While some parts of the book may be uncomfortable to read, it’s true that without some pain there’s little gain.

On balance, you should find that The Highly Sensitive Person will reward your time and effort.

The book costs about ten bucks and you can buy it here.


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December 4, 2009 at 10:47 am | Posted in Compulsions, Diagnosis, Humour, Mind, Sight, Touch | 4 Comments
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If you’re an Aspie, one of these teaspoons
will instantly eclipse the other.

This post may well serve as a quick test for Asperger’s syndrome (even if some say the condition no longer ‘exists’!).

Consider the two teaspoons. Does one of them look infinitely more attractive than the other?

Is it the top one?

If so, is it because the top one:

  1. Is shinier?
  2. Has attractive beveling?
  3. Tapers?
  4. Is more slender?
  5. Looks more accurate?
  6. Seems as if it would feel more pleasing on your tongue?

Do you reject the bottom teaspoon utterly?

If so, is it because the bottom one looks:

  1. Thick?
  2. Ugly?
  3. Clunky?
  4. Inaccurate?
  5. Dull?
  6. Cumbersome?
  7. Artless?
  8. Heavy?

Aspergers folk will probably answer ‘yes’ to more than half these questions.

And if you think I’m joking, go and read Tea.

One lump or two?


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November 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Benefits, Diagnosis, Humour, Interests, Mind, Treatment | 2 Comments
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‘Dr Phil’. AspieScribe’s Psychologist.

Hello. I’ve been AspieScribe’s psychologist for about six years. This blog was my idea.

I thought writing a blog would be good for AS and others because:

  1. AS was having trouble getting back into writing after a long break from it.
  2. Writing down painful memories often takes some of the ‘sting’ out of them.
  3. Many of the situations AS described to me were quite entertaining.
  4. AS is an excellent writer and the blog could be published as a book.
  5. Other Asperger sufferers and their supporters could benefit from reading such a book.

I’m pleased with how the blog is going. It’s obvious to me that AS has benefitted greatly from writing it.

AS is in much better shape than when we began our counselling sessions and I expect further improvements.

I commend this blog to you and hope you also derive benefit from it.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Philip Greenway

M.A. (Edin.), Doct en Psych (Louvain)

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