We’re More Than Just Asperger’s

At least once a day, we get someone writing in to ask us if something is right for people with Asperger’s… such as “Is homeschooling right for people with Asperger’s?” or.. “Is this medication good for people with Aspergers?”

The problem is… that is the wrong question to ask. Each individual is different, and Asperger’s is just a small part of who they are. I highly encourage you to take a look at the WHOLE person.

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31 thoughts on “We’re More Than Just Asperger’s

  1. I think that it was helpful because I’m an aspergers which makes me even more fearful of getting out. The being alone because of it given most of the worlds people use stereotypes to judge others. This is really a bad thing only probamatic because some are left behind. While greeting others is not easy manners are seen as banal and corny along with political correctness so their is always the fear that one will either be offended or offend others. So you just lower the bar of accepted behavour free speech and conformity is so harsh. Leaving one afraid of having to meet new people because of the pressure leaving one to not bother. Their is fear of those that one considered culturely and socially lesser class poor whites who live in trailer parks rednecks. The image of xenophobia haunts one away from them perhaps you can help me get over the fear of meeting others. The other fear is success the believe one is an underdog and needs it. Along with doubt and questioning if those standards could ever be reached let alone kept. Maybe I have too many complexs what do you think.

  2. At first we were told our son had ADHA and was given meds to help then later was found that he had AS and that medication will not help .His therapist said that he has AS with ADD tendencies and went through a lot of different meds till we found on that helped him with getting through school. Therapy helped to an extent.

  3. As a parent of an autistic two year old, I would like to thank you guys for giving me the hope/tools for a better tomorrow. I see countless amazing characteristics in my son; he is very loving, enjoys puzzles, alphabet (all of it) and numbers from 1 to 20 that he learned at 20months. He amazes me everyday with his bright mind and sometimes I seat back and wonder; why do they call this a disability? he might not be great socially but his brain is working faster than all of ours united!! this society has got to change…
    I think as parents we struggle because we want the best for our children and this society is not the best. This society is disabled in so many way that only out of the boxe people can feat in.
    Thank you guys for fighting with us for a better society for our future generations.

  4. Thank you for your video. I totally agree with you. Too often we become caught up in labels. However, we are all individuals with completely unique nature vs nurture circumstances and personalities. I admire you for speaking up. Thanks again!

  5. As an ‘Aspie’ myself, I thank you for this video!

    When I first found out my diagnosis two years ago, it was after typing into Google “why do the smell of oranges, taste of lettuce, and sound of aluminum foil crackling bother me so much?” and one of the results was a person with Asperger’s mentioning their sensory hypersensitivity. “Wait! That makes total sense – my taste, smell, sound, touch — all of it is weird!” Click on another link with a full list of symptoms and BAM! I’m thinking, “I don’t have friends, and I hate any kind of social interaction. And they’re telling me that’s related to my meltdowns at the Subway counter when they accidentally put lettuce on my sub? Alright!” Those first couple weeks, it was great to find out how many aspects of my personality could be attributed to Asperger’s. I let it define me, and for a while that’s exactly what I needed, after free-falling for so many years thinking something was wrong with ME alone.

    But there were a few things on the list of symptoms that didn’t fit me. And there’s a few things about me – probably more attributable to how I’ve coped with my differences than the differences themselves – that didn’t fit.

    I am not my Asperger’s, and we are all not the same. But knowing the label helped me find the tools I needed to start making meaningful changes in my life, and in my perception of myself. That was invaluable.

  6. You guys are great. I admire the amount of challenge you have taken and your good hearts. Of course people want to know what works, not simply tell their sad stories. So, the pro-active choice, despite it’s risks, is praiseworthy.

    I suggest you change your header, saying “We’ve lived it” to “We Live it” or “We are Living With it”, stressing it is not in the past.

  7. Danny and Hayden, THANKS A MILLION! Your video pinpoints what I fight everyday … people defining me by my aspergers rather than seeing me as a person. Those people I can’t tolerate, they’re too negative and I don’t like negative people. If we can get people to look beyond our aspergers as you describe in your video, this world would be a much better place to live in.

    I am also enrolled in your online Back to basics course. I’m looking forward to it. Happy Easater and God bless you guys!

  8. Hear, hear! Great video. I don’t think this message can be heard enough. What a fantastic 2 minute reminder to look at the other 99% of a person.

  9. Thank you Danny, so fed up reading people refer to their son or daughter as their aspie! Find this quite offensive!!! Thank you so much for all your help.

  10. thank you for this video,,, my son has Asperger’s and Anxiety. And I completely understand now more than ever, that all of my child’s characteristics are not attributed to his Asperger’s. I did make the decision to homeschool my son this past year for many many reasons. But ultimately, it was what he wanted and I knew he needed, so it was a joint decision, that wasn’t made easily.
    I admire what you are doing with this sight… especially as a child with Asperger’s grows older, it is ok to ask their opinions on matters concerning them! they have a say! and that is a mother’s dream… and also it’s important to give them the information they need about themselves! don’t hide things from them. They need to know so they can make better choices going forward as they grow up.
    Thanks guys!


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