I had heard about the Asperger’s Syndrome and knew a little something about it, but nothing I would call definite. Then, a young lady on Goodreads suggested I read a book by Rudy Simone titled, “22 Things a Woman with Asperger’s Syndrome Wants her Partner to Know.” After reading the book which I thought was fabulously written, I got a much clearer picture of what a person with the Asperger’s syndrome is like, the difficulties the syndrome causes for people who suffer from it, especially in social situations, but more amazingly the level of intense concentration and creativity that so many people with Asperger’s Syndrome possess.
Suddenly, I was looking back on some of the most creative people I have had the privilege to be acquainted with and quite a few seem to possess many of the characteristics described in the book. One girl in particular was so caught up in her painting that nothing else in the world seemed to matter. Many of my friends thought she was just rude and stuck up, but I used to think to myself that if I had that ability to concentrate and be so focused on my work I would be so further along in my career. She was a pretty girl who at times desperately needed to wash her hair and all I ever saw her eat was plain pasta with butter.
Many people with characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome have been some of the most creative and innovative individuals the world has ever known, and without their expertise it is quite likely the world would be a much different place and advances in technology, medicine, film, and engineering would be nowhere close to where it is presently at.
Yet, many of the people with Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty socializing, dating, becoming fully independent, and being able to read between the lines of what a colleague might be saying to them. Blythe Grossberg’s “Asperger’s and Adulthood: A guide to working, loving, and living with Asperger’s Syndrome” is a wonderful guide and self-help book that helps those individuals with the syndrome to better integrate and live fuller lives. The book is really written for people with the syndrome, but as someone not living with the syndrome it greatly increased my understanding of this fascinating gift and some of the difficulties it presents.