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Damian Castillo Professor Susan Lago ENG-110 College Writing November 20, 2013 Aspergers In My Life Waking up every

morning around six or seven in the morning has become a routine for me and my brother, but just because it is a routine for us, that doesnt mean that he enjoys waking up at that time. My brother, Angel, has Aspergers Syndrome and so do I. Aspergers Syndrome in simple terms is a high functioning form of Autism, which can lead to difficulty interacting socially, strange behaviors, and intense interest in things. We both have this syndrome, but at different levels. I have a low level of Aspergers, I exhibit some of the symptoms such as intense interest in things I find, and some difficulty interacting socially. My brother has a higher level and exhibits the same symptoms and more, he has trouble interacting with people and finds different ways to hide who he is to find a place in his social life. Communicating with him and trying to build a relationship has been difficult, but over the years I have learned how to interact with him so he is comfortable at home. In the past we have been to therapist to try and help us with our Aspergers, with the diagnosis process there is a lot of communicating to understand the relationships of the patient and their friends and family. Since my brother was diagnosed at a young age we all had to work with him and help him understand certain things, like what was good or bad to do. He wasnt able to control his emotions very well due to the Aspergers. Formal diagnosis of any mental disorder relies on a description of what is observable, of how the person presents as we look from the outside(Paula13). In the book Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy : Understanding Asperger Perspectives, they speak about how the diagnosis is done and how we can understand the person more with aspergers. Simply paying attention to who they are instead of just treating them as a special person due to a mental illness they might have is one way to help understand them better and teach them to interact with others. Mistakes that people with Aspergers can make is their levels of trust with others. Sadly many people with Aspergers can be manipulated for many different reasons. They can be manipulated so easily because many of them are attempting to make friends in their social lives and they believe that doing things for others can help them do that. With their hope for making friends it is important that we learn to communicate with them to teach them to no trust everyone, because some people might just be out to hurt them instead of being their friends. The relationships they make can sometimes not always be the best choices for them and what also is important is the relationship of the person trying to communicate with them and why they are trying to do so. My brother had a friend in elementary school, my mother and I didnt like him very well because he

had a bad attitude and was a serious kleptomaniac. He had stolen phones, toys, and other things from my brother, but they were still friends because Angel trusted him. These relationships are why we have to be careful with how we communicate with them. Creating an environment for a person with Aspergers is usually called creating an umbrella for them. This is to protect them from things that may alter their emotions or create a form of chaos in their mind. People without Aspergers or an education on Aspergers may not understand this. When a child is in an environment that is uneasy to them they may react by saying they are in pain. On page 211 in the book Communication issues, Olga, the author uses the example of a broken arm. Imagine youre a child with a broken arm with pain that is intolerable, then you hear sirens of the ambulance coming your way. Some people will think of this as a relief because help has arrived, but to someone with Aspergers they might react with more pain and distress because the noise will be confusing to them. They wont be able to focus on one thing, theyll have more than one thing happening at once which may alarm them. We create the umbrella to keep them safe from these things that could happen.

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