Right outside of where I live, there is a giant fountain. During the winter, it isn’t on, so there is just an empty circular pool where the water would be. But when it gets warm enough, the city turns it on. It is an awesome sight, spraying at least 3 stories into the air. Makes any day better.
Now imagine with me for a moment that the fountain gets a clog somewhere in it’s pipes. So, the workers decide that the best thing to do to fix the fountain would be to constantly try to add water back into the pool. This makes it function, but only on a base level. It now shoots only half a story into the air.
While the fountain now works, it isn’t living up to it’s potential. If the worker decides to go to the root of the problem, and fixes the clog in the pipes instead of trying to constantly deal with a symptom, then all of a sudden the fountain works beautifully. The only thing that changed was the approach.
Now imagine that someone with Aspergers has unconsciously “installed” a clog somewhere in their mind. This clog clouds their awareness, causes them to have moments of ADD, lack of social skills, and huge emotional issues.
What most psychologists, teachers, and parents do is try to treat the symptoms of this mental clog. But there is a much simpler way to do things, and it involves going from the bottom up, rather than top down. Watch the video below for the complete explanation:
Once you understand this concept of cause and effect, it becomes fairly easy to figure out why someone with Aspergers is doing something. Then from there, you just backtrack, deal with the root cause, and then all the symptoms disappear.
Update: We posted a clarification video explaining exactly HOW to do the process we talked about in the video. You can find that under our latest blog post “Getting Aspies into the real world“