Asperger’s Has Its Strengths

Asperger’s Has Its Strengths. Saturday Night Live (SNL) had Elon Musk guest host during Mother’s Day weekend. Musk cofounded the electronic payment firm PayPal and founded the spacecraft company SpaceX. He is chief executive officer of the electric-car maker Tesla and is the one of the wealthiest people in the world who has changed the way we live. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder, characterized as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2013, it became part of one umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5). There’s nothing wrong with being on the Spectrum. We’re all on the Spectrum to some degree. I dislike using the word “syndrome” because it pathologizes and fails to acknowledge the many great traits a person with Asperger’s possess.

Asperger’s Has Its Strengths

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As a Certified Neurodiverse Couples Counselor I look at strengths through an Asperger profile lens. Here are a some of those strengths:

  • Intelligence
  • Special Interest
  • Focus
  • Good memory
  • Detailed oriented
  • Unique humor
  • Honest
  • Fair and just
  • Desire to connect

Some common challenges looking through an Asperger profile lens:

  • Theory of mind
  • Hidden cirriculum
  • Social pragmatics
  • Self advocacy
  • Flexible thinking
  • Central coherence
  • Executive Functioning

As a marriage counselor, specializing in Neurodivere Couples Counseling, I say it’s all about perspective. Each and everyone of us has a perspective and each perspective is correct for that inidividual. Working to help couples recognize, understand and treat their differences is part of the process of acquiring tools, implementing them and utilizing the system we put in place for effective communication to ask for what we need and want and share thoughts and feelings. Moving forward is a beautiful experience when you stop fighting about your differences and appreciate them.

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