I concur with so, so much in this!
For the cheap seats (in case this is your first visit to this blog)… 🙂 I’m an Aspie/autie; that is to say that I “have” Asperger’s/autism.
I was enrolled in “regular” public school, after two successful and enjoyable years of Montessori school.
My first year of kindergarten (that’s right – “first year” – there were two) kicked off my scholastic “crash and burn”.
My parents knew something was “up”. Not wrong–just different. They knew that I wasn’t like the other kids. Back then, there was no adequate term used to describe the Asperger’s neurotype. Only “severe” cases were investigated, and the condition was diagnosed as “Infantile Autism”, a closely-related sibling of childhood schizophrenia, and that was that.
That left me and others like me in limbo. Nobody thought twice. Nobody had a reason to; the terminology just wasn’t there .
But that doesn’t mean that I (or any of the…
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