How to Deal With People Who Don't Understand Asperger's Syndrome

You come across somebody who doesn't know much about Asperger's Syndrome. You are misunderstood and labeled. You don't know what to do about it. This can be a very hard situation to experience and can cause quite a lot of stress and frustration. This article will help you to find out how to deal with people who do not know about Asperger's Syndrome.

Steps

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    Explain to the person what Asperger's is and the different ways it can affect people. It may be hard for you to tell people about how Asperger's Syndrome affects you. However, there are situations where it is necessary for you to tell people that you have Asperger's Syndrome and how it affects you.
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    Explain to the person that Asperger's, in some instances, is a part of your own personality and not simply just a behavior disability. Some people with Asperger's may not be very social, but most are extremely intelligent.
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    Many people make the mistake of associating Asperger's Syndrome with a sickness or a disease. Tell them that it is neither. If they still think of it as such, walk away from them.
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    Most people with Asperger's just want a friend. After explaining to the person about Asperger's Syndrome ask them if you can hang out with them or just be around them more often.
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    Always feel good about yourself! Remember that you are here for a reason. The people who are insecure or feel uncomfortable about Asperger's are most likely like that about themselves.

Tips

  • Some people are very protective and may act hostile towards you if they are unaware that your difficulties are due to Asperger's Syndrome. Explaining how Asperger's Syndrome affects you usually allows people like this to understand you better and they will be less likely to act hostile towards you in the future.
  • Some people may not know that your difficulties are due to the fact that you have Asperger's Syndrome. Once they understand what it is, they may have a greater understanding of you.
  • It may be a wise idea to not tell somebody that you have Asperger's Syndrome until you know them well. This way, they will be more likely to accept you for who you are.
  • It can be hard to know which people to tell and which not to. It is recommended to tell your friends and family.

Warnings

  • Some people may act more hostile towards you if they find out that you have Asperger's Syndrome. This has nothing to do with you as a person and mainly comes from people who are ignorant and closed-minded, and believe there's no such thing as learning disabilities.
  • People with asperger's are not always aware of social cues and body language and they can be too trusting and naive, which can make them very easy targets of bullying, teasing, being taken advantage off, being fooled and getting into trouble. Also be very wary of people that say you are using Asperger syndrome as an excuse, people like that are very ignorant and closed minded, If someone says that to you, Say nothing and walk away.
  • There is a lot of stigma about the autism spectrum. This is due to the "refrigerator mom" myth, the myth that autism spectrum people are violent along with other autism spectrum myths. Autistic people usually are not violent.
  • Don't listen to people who say that it is caused by overprotective parenting - this is untrue and a load of rubbish.

Things You'll Need

  • Confidence
  • Courage
  • Strength

Article Info

Categories: Autism Spectrum