Asperger Syndrome, Adolescence, and Identity: Looking Beyond by Harvey Molloy

By Harvey Molloy

How do little ones with Asperger Syndrome view themselves and their very own lives? This publication relies on large interviews with young people clinically determined with AS. It comprises six existence tales, as targeted from scientific case reports, written in collaboration with the kids themselves. those current an genuine and interesting examine the lives of the teens and the way AS has formed their turning out to be identities. The tales give you the foundation for a dialogue of universal subject matters and concerns dealing with little ones with AS. Asperger Syndrome, youth and identification additionally questions the medicalized deficit method of Asperger Syndrome and discusses the social repercussions of labelling youngsters as having AS.

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It was during this time that I was finally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. My parents had to traipse around London seeing various private specialists, and the majority of the medical profession had never LEE’S STORY 35 heard of Asperger Syndrome at that time. I had no objections to being assessed. I thought hopefully they might actually see there’s nothing wrong with me. It’s everyone else who’s strange. Among other things I also had an IQ test which produced a score of 142. This helped, particularly in terms of various schools’ perceptions of me – it sort of shut them up!

The remainder of Year 6 I was tutored at home. This worked fairly well because it was one-to-one and at a level and pace suitable to me, but obviously it was untenable as a long-term solution. It was during this time that I was finally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. My parents had to traipse around London seeing various private specialists, and the majority of the medical profession had never LEE’S STORY 35 heard of Asperger Syndrome at that time. I had no objections to being assessed. I thought hopefully they might actually see there’s nothing wrong with me.

My obvious passion for mathematics and computer science is one of the reasons I get on so well with my tutors, who are experts in their field. One of my tutors helped to develop a major programming language. I got on really well with him during my selection interview and that probably helped me get admission. One of the reasons I chose LEE’S STORY 41 Oxford as opposed to some other university is that I thought that’s the kind of place that will accept people like me. My focus at Oxford is definitely my work, although I do socialize.

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