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Due to Asperger's Syndrome I am frequently misunderstood. The below explanation comes from paraphrasing a bulleted list another member shared with me.
I have a hard time with social interaction and communication. I often use and take words in ways that most people don’t. I happen to know American Sign Language (ASL) and often cringe when another signer uses more mouth morphemes than most do because it distracts me from the signs and other non-manual cues.
I definitely have hypersensitivities of all senses other than smell. In public places with many people talking over each other and/or loud background noise I just can’t hear someone talking to me. Example: Starbucks on a busy Friday night. Lots of loud, noisy machines running and people who are not part of the Deaf event talking over the machines and each other. I tell those who are just now learning ASL that I am Hard-of-Hearing despite having +15dB in both ears so that they will sign to me as much as they know how. I really won’t hear them verbalizing to me in the abovementioned environment.
I am inconsistent in reading social cues. Sometimes I pick them up other times I don’t. When I do I don’t always take them the way someone without my condition does.
I do find it difficult to make friends. I have tried many various ways of getting around this and nothing seems to be effective in the long term.
I sometimes get so stressed by a social situation that I shut down, especially unpleasant interactions with my supervisors at work.
As for eye contact, this is where many people wanna deny my Asperger’s. Excuse me! I have worked very hard on improving my eye contact. Learning ASL and connecting with my Deaf classmates at my high school definitely helped with that.
As for small talk, I absolutely suck at it and have very little interest in improving small talk skills.
I’m not as devoted to routine & order as I was when I was younger. Nor do I have as strong of tendencies to have repetitive and restrictive habits that seem odd to others. This symptom is leaving me as I age.
I can hold a job but I do find that work sometimes hardens me emotionally. I’ve had to lecture my parents and others that certain treatments I get from my bosses and coworkers are ones I absolutely refuse to tolerate outside of work. I even threaten to hang up on people or block their messages. I’d rather not go into details as to exactly what these treatments are on my public profile. I’ll gladly discuss them in private messages.
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