- you are never as awkward as you think you are - you are never as annoying as you think you are - you are never as boring as you think you are - your compliments are never as creepy as you think they are - you are way more wanted than you give yourself credit for - chin up, dude
Asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. People with this syndrome have difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and often are clumsy. Motor milestones may be delayed. Although people with Asperger syndrome often have difficulty socially, many have above-average intelligence. They may excel in fields such as computer programming and science. There is no delay in their cognitive development, ability to take care of themselves, or curiosity about their environment.
· People with Asperger have problems with language in a social setting.
· It may be difficult to choose a topic of conversation, their body language may be off, and it may be difficult for them to recognize that the other person has lost interest in the topic.
· They may speak in a monotone, and may not respond to other people’s comments or emotions.
· They may have difficulty understanding sarcasm or humor.
Other symptoms may include:
· Problems with eye contact, facial expressions, body postures, or gestures (nonverbal communication)
· Singled out by other children as “weird” or “strange”
· Difficulty developing relationships with children their own age
· Inability to respond emotionally in normal social interactions
· Not flexible about routines or rituals
· Lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people
· Do not express pleasure at other people’s happiness
· Preoccupied with parts of whole objects
· Repetitive behaviors, including repetitive behavior that injures themselves
· Repetitive finger flapping, twisting, or whole body movements
· Unusually intense preoccupation with narrow areas of interest, such as obsession with train schedules, phone books, or collections of objects
Genetic factors may play a role. The condition appears to be more common in boys than in girls.
I have used this one personally on a character I’ve had for about thirteen years. It alarmed me that I knew that much about him, but at the same time I was incredibly pleased with myself. This is an absolutely wonderful tool.
If you have a true friend then you are blessed indeed. A trusted friend is a priceless gift –and something that’s not easy to find or keep. The marks of true friend are summarised below.
1. They tackle problems with you. A true friend is someone who can see through your smile and can tell when you’re in pain by the look in your eyes. They totally accept you and will always be there.
2. They give, and don’t just take, from the relationship. A good relationship is a negotiated one. It’s based on give and take – and thinking of each other.
3. They make time for each other. True friends always value the time they spend together; and though their lives are busy, they make time to stay in touch.
4. They communicate well. This is at the heart of any good relationship. It means that both the people are open and real so problems don’t get buried - but are dealt with right away.
5. They accept each other unconditionally. True friends accept each other as they are – warts and all. They are free to be themselves, and are free to change and grow. They don’t control each other, or judge and criticise.
6. They believe in each other. A true friend feels your passion and can visualise your dream. They believe that you can do it, and will cheer you the whole way.
7. They listen carefully, and aren’t quick to give advice. We don’t need advice; we simply want a listening ear. That is, someone we can vent to, and then move on with life.
8. They are loyal and dependable. Your word is your bond when you’re a trusted, faithful friend. You never share a secret or breach that sense of trust.
So no one at my friend’s old high school is allowed to dress up for halloween anymore because one year this kid came to school on a bike wearing a red jumpsuit with tampons taped to him. He rode around the school telling people he was the menstrual cycle