Aspergers Syndrome

Faith

James Christie | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
James Christie

It is a terrible thing to lose one's faith in one's country, and if I'd not been asked the independence question I might well have kept quiet about it, but I don't want to be queried in future days about what I did during the debate and have to reply, "well, I didn't want trouble so I just kept my head down."

We Shouldn't View Sherlock as an Autistic Savant

Mat Greenfield | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mat Greenfield

The fictional consulting detective can never be conclusively diagnosed but an increasing number of people seem to take it as read that he's autistic, even those who should know better.

Dru Empowered

James Christie | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

What is so darned difficult about writing a strong female character like Buffy and, incidentally, having her relate to other strong female characters in the show - Willow, Cordelia, Anya, Jenny Calendar, Lilah, Darla etc. There have been characters of such resilience in film and TV before.

Confusion Within the NHS Regarding the Use of Autism Diagnostic Tools

Jo Worgan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Professionals are confused as to what diagnostic tool to use. They believe that the whole diagnostic system is not clear. They state that the NHS recognise and should use the ICD-10 diagnostic tool but that professionals within the NHS 'state they diagnose to what the DSM-V states and often misunderstanding what is within it.'

Lawrence of Asperabia

James Christie | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

The day I was diagnosed, my psychologist (a highly-experienced man who'd dealt with hundreds of Aspergers) told me unequivocally that he'd once seen Lawrence of Arabia and that T. E. Lawrence (as written by Robert Bolt and played by O'Toole) had displayed unmistakable symptoms of Aspergers.

The Singer and the Syndrome

James Christie | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Ms. Boyle and myself (Susan is 52, I am 49) were already in our twenties and struggling to make sense of an often uncaring and, yes, bullying world with no idea we had the syndrome, no knowledge that there were relevant charities to turn to and nothing else to do but struggle along.

Asperger Syndrome: What Is It And Why Is It So Hard To Diagnose?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With the revelation that Susan Boyle has Asperger Syndrome, the question for many is why it took so long for her condition to be diagnosed. The si...

'I'm Relieved To Have Asperger Syndrome'

Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

Susan Boyle has revealed she was wrongly diagnosed with brain damage as a child, but was 'relieved' to discover she was actually suffering from Asperg...

Getting Hit by a Mack Truck

James Christie | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

We pull over onto the hard shoulder of the Interstate, jog-trot back to the centre of the bridge over the Colorado river and get several photos of the sign denoting California's state line. The place they crossed. The place I crossed.

Is My Child Normal?

Sandi Mann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

The reality is that most parents just want their children to fit in, to be socially acceptable, thrive at school and yes, be 'normal'. The idea that any difficulties might be due to a labelled syndrome, or 'special needs', is a frightening prospect for most. So, how can you tell if your child is 'normal'?

The Pointy-Eared Robot and the Republican

James Christie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

We were very lucky. Mum turned out to be one of the 3-5% percent of senior citizens who recover from a hip fracture without surgery, she only spent eight days in hospital and there is a good chance she will be able to enjoy the rural life for a few years more.

Mom's Kind Words: Kill Your Autistic Kid

James Christie | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Just the other day, Anonymous of Ontario slipped a letter beneath the door of Karla Begley, mother of an autistic son called Max, and told Mrs Begley (among other things) that "you have a kid that is mentally handicapped ... they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science ...

Stealing the Enterprise...

James Christie | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

It's not a historic moment, but I tell my tale of theft and quest as best I can. We shake on it. Shatner signs my personal copy of Dear Miss Landau, and for the only time ever, the two men who (metaphorically speaking) stole the Enterprise, do actually meet.

Barnett's Budding Brilliance

James Christie | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Christie

Jacob, like me, has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. He is 14 whereas I am 48, and although I openly admit I was born in another era when autism was much less understood, I fear the road to realizing an Asperger's true potential (in my case, creative writing, I can't add up for toffee) will be neither simple nor straightforward.

How Shall I Love Thee, O Sheldon?

James Christie | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK
James Christie

I was thinking about roles in life for people with autism the other day, and my thoughts turned to The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Lee Cooper. And I realized a simple thing. Sheldon is The Man!

World Autism Awareness Day: Is Autism on the Rise?

Hannah Gal | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

The latest figures from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to one in 88 children in the U.S having an Autism spectrum disorder, marking a clear increase from 2006 when the rate was one in 110. Is this condition spreading or are we simply getting better at diagnosing it? 

Its Raining Cats and Dogs - Finding the Humour in Autism

Hannah Gal | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

People with Autism often get confused by metaphors. Literal interpretation means they simply don't pick up hidden meanings in idioms and every day expressions, so when we say "his ears are burning" they think of a man with his ears on fire.

(Lette) Kathy Come Home

James Christie | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Kathy Lette and many other commentators, websites and Facebook pages seem mainly to be concentrating upon autistic children and young people.

Just the Other Day, met Joss Whedon Along the Way...

James Christie | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

Sometimes I ask myself whether there really is a fate or destiny to things, and it's hard to be sceptical when, three years later, I find myself (along with James Doherty of the National Autistic Society Scotland), not in Hollywood, but on a Scottish street late one Sunday night meeting Joss Whedon.

Where Are the Champions for Young People With Higher Level Needs?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Public money is needed in developing early intervention. It is predicated on saving money in the longer term. It needs to be made now.

Computer Hacker Awaits Decision On UK Charges

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK

Gary McKinnon is to learn whether he will be charged in the UK on Friday after his extradition to the United States was blocked by the government earl...

Asperger's Syndrome To Be Reclassified

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

Aspergers Syndrome is to be reclassified in the next edition of one of the world's most influential psychiatric reference manuals. The Diagnostic a...

The Black Man, the Asperger, the NHS and its Bigots...

James Christie | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

In case you think the atrocious treatment of learning-disabled patients at Winterbourne View care home was a one-off blip, or if you think that organi...

Telling Stories Through Numbers with Daniel Tammet

Farah Jassat | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Farah Jassat

Thinking in Numbers forces us to see the world from Daniel's perspective. Even if we feel numbers don't come naturally to us, one must wonder at their depth and insight into human experience.

Drunk? Demonic? Deranged? Be a Writer!

James Christie | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home
James Christie

There is a fine line between creativity and obsession, between fantasy and delusion, but I seem to be able to walk the line and turn out the work without any ill effect.