Aspergers are Highly Intelligent
Intellectual giftedness is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. Gifted individuals learn more quickly, deeply, and broadly than their peers. Most people with Asperger are also very intelligent. High intelligent children and adults often developed asynchronously; their minds, cognitive and emotional functions are developed differently and are ahead of their physical growth. Their interests are completely different from those of their peers and they prefer the company of adults or older children because they can relate to them in a better way.
Giftedness is not evenly distributed throughout all intellectual spheres: an individual may excel in solving logic problems and yet be a poor speller; another gifted individual may be able to read and write at a far above average level and yet have trouble with mathematics.
Similarities Between Asperger Characteristics and High Intelligence
Those with high intelligent are also know as gifted and same as those with Asperger they experience the world in a different way than most people do. They both have high reasoning capabilities, are curious to learn, have a large vocabulary and especially an excellent rote memory. Gifted children as well as children with Asperger Syndrome can be physically and emotionally sensitive and can question authority. They will never accept no for an answer without being told the reason for it. Actions need explaining and a clear purpose or else they miss the logic of it. Some gifted children same as those with Asperger have trouble talking and interacting with their peers because they do not share the same interests. Both can be isolated as a result of their inability to interact with peers.
Both my children are gifted and have been diagnosed with Asperger. I use their high intelligence to teach them the stuff they are unable to pick up on due to their Asperger characteristics. This means I am open about them having Asperger Syndrome, what advantages they have because of that and what challenges in life they will face. We explain the difference between those without Asperger and those who do have it. Not in terms of wrong or right but in a positive way. They have so many qualities others do not posses. We encourage them to use those qualities such as their high intelligence. I emphasize their strong points and simply tell them they understand some stuff better but need to work harder in interacting and connecting with other people. When they are unable to read between the lines I explain the lines and the underlying ideas behind it. This way they have both learned to not take things so literally all the time.
The best example I can give you is a conversation with my 10 year old about language and the double layer language has for those without Asperger. I told him sometimes adults without Asperger say something but mean something completely different like: “ at the foot of the mountain” (off course mountains don’t have feet) my ten year old son looked at me and told me: mom, people are much better off having Asperger because I always say what I mean!
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Have you ever experienced your loved one with Asperger to do something special or unexpected in a positive way? Something he or she learned you never expected? A funny commend, remark, gesture or touching story? Share it! And help others see their qualities and everything they are capable off! Lets spread some 'Asperger optimism' and positivity into this world.
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