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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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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June 25, 2009 at 11:08 am | Posted in Treatment | 7 Comments
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Suddenly you (and maybe others) will see the light.

Mixed feelings will arise when you’re first told you have Asperger syndrome.

Shock and fear will jockey for first place. Sadness and dismay will comprise the second wave. Despair and resignation will come third.

All this may occur even though you don’t actually know what Asperger syndrome is.

Once you look it up, however, and read the list of symptoms, a massive light globe will flash above your head.

Suddenly you’ll realise that all along, there was a reason for your years of confusion, awkwardness, difficulty and isolation.

This profound feeling of ‘relief’ (for want of a better word) will last several days.

A few weeks into your new awareness, depending how much you read, you may conceive a new way of thinking. Instead of focussing on your ‘disability’, you’ll realise you have special talents most others don’t.

These ‘Aspie Powers’ (e.g. acute smell, hearing, concentration, creativity, articulation) are the upside of your condition. Focussing on them can make you feel genuinely good, rather than bad. You may even learn to laugh at yourself.

Achieve these breakthroughs and you’ll go far!


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