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Asperger Syndrome?

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. --Albert Einstein

Dear Website Reader,

I am in the midst of one of the most important "research projects" of my life. It started several weeks ago when I spoke to a very lovely lady named Deena Gasner. She has been diagnosed, as an adult, with Asperger Syndrome.

Since that chance conversation with her, I have been doing more research about Asperger's Syndrome and how it is diagnosed. I am also discovering that A.S. "presents" itself much differently in girls than in boys. While boys tend to demostrate aggressiveness in their social interactions, girls tend to withdraw from social interactions. I have read many, many websites including :

Dr. Tony Attwood's Website

FAAAS, Inc. - Families of Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

ASPEN - Asperger Syndrome Education Network

The Autism Source

I have also been "burning up" my new library card, reading the following books from cover to cover:

Asperger Syndrome, By Dr. Tony Attwood

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents, By Dr. Tony Attwood

Pretending to Be Normal, By Liane Willey

ASPIE.COM is a new website that has been launched by Liane Willey - very informative!

Shadow Syndromes, By John Ratey and Catherine Johnson

Other awesome links about AS include:

Asperger Syndrome Education Network of America, Inc. (ASPEN)

Autism Society of America

Center for the Study of Autism

Excerpts from Dr. Grandin's book: Thinking In Pictures- And Other Reports from My Life With Autism

Families of Adults Afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome

Floyd Tilton's Article: Adults with Aspergers

Home Page of Temple Grandin

Links to many on-line resources

More Advanced Individuals with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (MAAP)

New Jersey Regional Chapter of ASPEN

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)

On-The-Same-Page. Provides valuable U.S. and foreign links

Ooops...Wrong Planet! Syndrome

Resources of the largest publisher of books on autism in the world

Scientific links by a medical professional

Spectrum, an online community of parents, caregivers, and people with autism in their lives

QUOTE OF THE DAY: When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. - Helen Keller

I hope that by visiting some of these websites, you too, will find Asperger Syndrome to be as fascinating a subject as I have found.


Updated 9/01/01