I think it's realted to Jenny's new charge involving a mid function autistic child.
He posted a link to the wikipedia, which is, of course, the end all, be all of information.
Anyway, As I read through the PDD links of Asperger's Syndrome, High Function Autism, etc,
I continue to see alot of things which strike home to me.
Difficulty interpereting body language and facial expressions until they can be logically mapped out,
Sensory overload, social interaction issues, etc.
In elementary school, the school counsellor said I has "some sort of learning disability, possibly ADD, but it wasn't severe enough to require therapy." I recall alot of little things, nuances, functional things, that seem to match.
It's not as impeding now as then, but I still find things strange, in ways that I've always had trouble articulating.
So then I read more of the Wikipedia article and it's links,
and it seems to make sense.
Of course, it's not really possible to diagnose one's self for psych disorders; however, there's a comfort in the familiarity in the descriptions.
So anyway, what spurned me to actually post about it separately was this statement, which in and of itself doesn't mean much, but it seemed really important at the time:
For example, many people with Asperger's syndrome have difficulty with eye contact. Some make very little eye contact because they find it overwhelming
I'm definitely suceptible to sensory overload and internal echo, but this one has always gotten me. Making eyecontact for more than a second or two is just unbearably uncomfortable. It's like one of the few times I've put eye drops in. My eyes go nuts and try to get away, even before the drop hits. It's pretty close to that. And it's embarrasing. So I just stare off into space and turn off my vision. I build my internal map of things in it's pseudo-visual, pseudo-abstract-spatial sort of way.
And then people look over their shoulders to see what I'm looking at.
Other interesting things:
Asperger's syndrome can involve an intense and obsessive level of focus on things of interest... Particularly common interests are means of transport (such as trains), computers, and dinosaurs... In pursuit of these interests, the individual with Asperger's often manifests extremely sophisticated reason, an almost obsessive focus, and eidetic memory (the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory with great accuracy and in seemingly unlimited volume.).
Ok, nevermind. I realized I was about to quote huge sections of the article, so I'll just let you go there.
They make reference to hyperlexia which describes Max; however, not in the hyperlexia article... more in the asperger's article. He makes some awesome words.