Asperger;s Syndrome

They Saved Einstein's Brain!

James Christie | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

More precisely, they lost it. It finally turned up in Wichita, Kansas, in the hands of the secretive pathologist who'd originally sawn it out of Albert Einstein's skull and still sought to find the secret of his genius within its cerebral structure.

Dru, Davidson and Destiny

James Christie | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

The most surreal moment of the General Election so far might be my telling Ruth Davidson about Drusilla and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Biggar High Street the other day.

Why Blue Nail Varnish Is More Than A Fashion Statement This April

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents

Painting your nails blue this April is more than just a fashion statement - it is a way to show your support for people with autism. Dad Brian Bate...

People Tell Me What I'm Doing Is Amazing, but Just Taking the Time to Get in Touch. That's Amazing.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

Although coping with an invisible illness isn't just about how you feel. Yes I am in pain every second of every day but I can manage my pain. I also get horrific migraines and all kind kinds symptoms pop up that I don't expect. What makes life difficult is attitude, not mine.

No One RSVP'd To Boy's Birthday Party, So Twitter Threw Him One Instead

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Odin Camus turned 13 on Friday, his mum, Melissa, planned to throw him a bowling party in Peterborough, Ontario. But after sending invitations...

I Stand Quietly: A Letter to My Daughter and to Everybody

Jill Finch | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jill Finch

I have had to learn to do these things quietly because my daughter needs me to. She is seven; bright, super funny, articulate, thoughtful and loving. She also has autism spectrum disorder.

A Service Dog Won't Get Him a Party but It Will Give Him a Companion, a Trusted Friend.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Burnett

Challenging children have challenging behaviour as does Morgan. He was a lamb really until bullying opened his eyes to being different. It made him realise he didn't fit in and he gets frustrated, upset and angry.

Film Documentary, 'Aspie Seeks Love' Documents Twenty Years of Searching for True Love

Jo Worgan | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

We don't want to give too much away but all we will say is that the film is engaging, funny, thought provoking and emotive. While watching the film, you quickly forget that you are watching a man with Asperger's syndrome, instead you just see a man who is searching for love.

Fifty Shades of... Dru?

James Christie | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

E.L. James started out writing vampire fan-fiction on the website FanFiction.net about five years ago, and so did I. She concentrated on Edward and Bella in Twilight while I was drawn into Drusilla's rich, dark world of Buffy.

My Moment Meeting Jordan

James Christie | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

The two Katies are feuding on Celebrity Big Brother re the costs incurred by the local authority of transporting Harvey to school. Katie H. thinks Katie P. should foot the bill herself. Katie P. responded that said bill would be "up to a grand a day."

We Were Warriors Once, and Young...

James Christie | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Pretentious delusion, you might think, but when you're an Asperger, getting through the day can be like traversing a really scary skating rink while partially blindfolded. Though I've crossed the world, travelling still feels a bit like being hit over the head by a blunt instrument.

No Farewell to Leicester Square, but Au Revoir to Earls Court

James Christie | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

My book's in the British Library, but it's only one among millions. My face is on the cover, though half-unseen, so I walk in line with my fellow travellers and together (Supermen, Spidermen and the odd Sontaran), we slowly gain entry to the hall.

The Rise of ADHD, Autism, Aspergers in Our Children

Anna Moody | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I've been investigating this phenomenon lately, asking teachers what barriers they face, parents what frustrations they encounter and generally observing so called 'problem children' in schools, homes and how they interact with others.

Is There or Is There Not an Actual Job?

James Christie | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Word reaches me that yet another young Asperger has been sent along that false but winding yellow brick road towards a sunlit city on a hill proclaiming the golden words: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Scotland to Marry England!

James Christie | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Christie

Just received the Scottish Parliament's (I'll be damned if I'll call it the Scottish Government) call to arms re the referendum vote on September 18th...

The Ragged Road to Adult Autism Research

James Christie | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

I'm one of the relatively lucky ones - I'm articulate, I managed to work for about twenty-six years and became a successful published author; but the hard and terrible lesson I learnt along the way is that there is a crude and xenophobic core of creatures in our society who care nothing for others and turn on anyone perceived to be different.

Autistic Scientists Might One Day Prove to Be the World's Saviours

Michael Barton | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Barton

What do Newton, Einstein and Turing have in common? Yes, they are famous scientists, but all are also thought to have exhibited traits of autism...

"They Don't Know Any Better..."

James Christie | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK
James Christie

A word of thanks to Frederick Forsyth, novelist and columnist occasionally derided for being a bit too right wing. It is courtesy of him and his colum...

Talent, How Not to Train or Keep It...

James Christie | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

At the time, I was an undiagnosed Asperger and these were unqualified teachers, acting more like like sadistic old dominies from Victorian Scotland. They most certainly did not have one clue how to run a course.

Turning the Garden Shed Into a TARDIS

James Christie | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

I was pretty pleased to finish my shed, manage the house and even work the washing machine efficiently while Mum had a brief stay in hospital. It may seem a bit soulless, but at least she had a clean, tidy, neat and ordered home to return to when the time came. Aspergers has its advantages.

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.