The following is a heartfelt letter written by a father to a child with Asperger Syndrome. The letter explains the gifts and challenges of growing up on the autism spectrum.
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The wires in my brain seem to be configured by some elaborate practical joke. There are either way too many or too few connecting this input to the corresponding cortex, or they are just connected to the wrong places. It’s like gremlins sabotaged my machinery.
This thought experiment has been profound in helping me to understand some of the differences in neurotypical and Aspergian empathy. I knew already that the identity of someone neurotypical is social and emotional, whereas the identity of the aspie is experiential and knowledge-based; however, what that means and how it translates in a given situation is rarely so thoroughly examined.
If you've followed this series to date, thank you for your readership. I appreciate the time you've invested to take this perceptive journey with me and hope that it has been as thought-provoking for you as it has been for me.
If you've followed this series thus far, thank you for your readership. In order to provide you with context for this article, you will need to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on empathy.
The Autistic BrainThe autistic brain does intake and process empathy (and every other sensation) differently from the neurotypical brain. How each person on the spectrum experiences these differences will vary depending on how much his or her brain is divergent from the neurotypical wiring.
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