Wow, really good analogy I bet. I'm more the ADHD end but still get the comments like, how can you be so smart and have such lousy time management skills" as if one means the other. It's a great story and I think kids with Aspergers might really identify with the dolphin. Parents too. SWPoet
This is a great example of what someone with autism goes through. I like the narrative with the sea creatures. I have two autistic boys and they have a unique way of interacting with the world that not enough people understand. DB
My son has Asperger's, and you called it right-on: a life of damage-control. I had never thought of it that way, but it is 100% accurate. Thank you for that perspective.
A couple of notes. You wrote that Dolphin "starred" into the sea; I'm pretty sure you meant "stared." My second note is that the fable itself didn't exactly seem (to ME) to fit the situation. This could also be a fable for a poor black kid trying to fit into a middle-class white community, being ostracized by his peers and viewed with suspicion by those around him. Or a Muslim chasing the American dream--or an American seeking Allah, for that matter. I have observed that Aspie's get marginalized and disappear into a gray are: they are too high-functioning to get (or need?) the help others in the Autistic spectrum receive; but they are challenged enough to need more help than they get. Thus, they wind up on the fringe, often in the company of ne'er-do-wells who CHOOSE to live there.
In any case, even if the fable didn't ring the bell for me, your final statement did: "It is a life of damage-control." I will see my boy's life differently--and better--from now on because of that. Thank you, from my heart.
An amazing explanation of Asperger's Syndrome. It is the best I have ever read.
Thank you for sharing. Janic39
A truly genuinely beautiful story. Giving the time to sympathise with it, truly it gives you a glance into the life of a person with Asperger's Syndrome through a short and vivid story. D.C. Leigh
Thank you for this story! It gave me goose bumps! My youngest son, almost 23, has struggled with not fitting in all his life; then these kids are so intelligent he diagnosed himself at 19 years old! Since then I've realized he's been Aspergers all along when his dad claimed he was just too lazy to work, however, he did anything we asked if we 'guided' him along. He worked for 3 years since his dad would wake him, serve his breakfast every morning in the same spot, take and pick him up from work at the same times. He performed perfectly although robotic, like he did in kindergarten when in a musical onstage before the school all the kindergarteners were to hold up their sign at a particular chord in the song. Many children, as well as Dakota, were distracted by the crowd but he never missed a beat even though his attention was all over the place! We always knew he was 'different' but nobody ever diagnosed him. -BGSK
Beautifully written little story. :) It made me smile a lot, and loved the puns! You made a great point with this one. I have also done quite a lot of research on people with Autism and Asperger's, and I must say, you are right. Greatly written! - Celestrial Soul
This piece was absolutely amazing! I'm glad you promote awareness because some very close people to me have Asperger's. Good Job! -80s Audrey
I really enjoyed reading this - and it truly describes what it's like for someone with Asperger's. My son is severely autistic, and my youngest daughter is high-functioning...but they still have their issues fitting in. You did very well on this! My only suggestion is to double check your spacing between paragraphs...in some places, it's two lines...in other places, there's no space between paragraphs. Fix that and this would, in my mind, be perfect! -Bray215
I really enjoyed your story. I have a medical condition which is often found on the Autism Spectrum. I have Prosopagnosia, which means I can't recognize faces. This means that I am also separate from other people, because every time I see a face, I'm seeing it for the first time and it makes social situations difficult for me.
Anything which raises awareness of difficult, or rare, medical conditions is good, because it gives people an insight into what people go through, when they have those conditions.
Well done. Love from Mari