Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome
- You might have teachers who are holding you back by thinking
you are not intelligent enough to take your exams. If you know
inside that you are, then this can be extremely frustrating. Try
to get the help of a teacher who you seem to get on well with.
- If you are being held back because you are not doing all that
well at your English exams then it might be because you write
about situations which are strange and not realistic, in which
case having read this book might help you. Remember, this subject
is more about feeling than it is about words.
- Listen to any advice or instructions offered to you by your
teachers even if at first it sounds unimportant to you. It helps
them to be sympathetic if you make it clear that you are listening
by nodding or saying 'Right'.
- When people explain things to you which sound interesting or
you are in a lesson, it is important to look interested
otherwise people could easily assume that you are bored. Remember
that speakers do watch the expressions on the faces of their
- Pay close attention to your school reports because they are
often chock-a-block with constructive criticisms.
- One of the problems you are likely to face in classes or
lectures is concentration. No-one is able to
concentrate 100% for a whole hour but to take short-hand notes
which you will be able to look back on is normally to be expected.
- If a lecturer or teacher asks a question and no-one puts their
hand up it is often because no-one wants to stand out NOT because
no-one knows the answer.
- It is sometimes slightly difficult to distinguish between the
information you do and don't need to commit to memory.
- If you try to show lots of obscure academic knowledge to get
public recognition, then you might be going the wrong way about
it, however intelligent the people you are talking with are.
- Remember that most people exaggerate about how little work
- Try not to compare yourself too much with other people.
- You might get especially worried about your exams but remember
that you can still live a happy and fulfilling life even without
any qualifications at all, and many people have to.
- You might find maths, science, foreign languages and computer
studies easier than things like English and History, contrary to
what most people find easier.
- Make sure you choose a subject which leads to a job where you
don't have to keep socialising and chatting people up. The
'back-room' jobs like computer, research or pharmacology are
easier from this point of view than selling, management, teaching
or social work.
- Remember that there are set rules and conventions about
academic method and presentation. To conform to these guide-lines
and closely follow a syllabus can be very significant to your
- One symptom of autism is that you may feel unsettled if your
daily or weekly routine is disrupted. You might be able to
structure your time so that you have time alloted for working in
and time set aside for other things like watching TV, films,
listening to music or going out. If someone invites you to go out
try not to worry too much about your work, try to be flexible. You
will have plenty more time for work.
Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger
Getting the best from this
Looking on the bright side
Distortions of the truth
Humour and conflict
Sexually related problems and points about
Finding the right friends
Keeping a clean slate
Living away from home
Jobs and interviews
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