Saturday, June 18, 2011

Parenting someone with Asperger's....Can Asperger's Traits be helpful?

One of the things I try to tell parents about Asperger's is that there is a good and bad side to everything in life.  So being Asperger's can be helpful as well as long as you are aware of the strengths, and accept and manage the weaknesses.  I often say to parents that a lot of my Surgical friends in the medical profession have some Asperger's Traits too.  In actual fact, I think most males have some Asperger's Traits!

People with Asperger's have an "emotionally detached" approach to life and although, this may not help them socially, it may sometimes actually help them to succeed in certains fields like surgery, computers or pathology to name a few.  Imagine if you are very empathetic and "feels" everyone's feeling, then how can you survive a day's work in the trauma surgery unit.  You might probably be in a teary mess at the end of the day!

Some of the surgeons I know may not have the best "bed side manners", but I do trust them with regards to their surgical abilities and being a "good surgeon" to my patients.

One of the key approaches to managing Asperger's is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Please refer to other articles on ACT in this blog and "future blogs to come".

Hope this has highlighted to parents a different perspective on how they view Asperger's.

Dr Vin
Family Doctor

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