A year ago my daughter was diagnosed with high-functioning autism (commonly known as Aspergers syndrome). The interesting thing is that as a family we weren't surprised, and for her it was a relief. Recognizing that her differences which were a challenge for her in high school are also her gifts. I think knowing the things that make a person's life more difficult, which in her case includes bright lights, noisy spaces and uninitiated touch, helps to set boundaries for a healthy life. Some things like misunderstanding social nuances can be hard but, at the same time, what she says and does is always authentic. In a world where there are times that behaviour is intended to be hurtful, I find the pure honesty refreshing. So she has learned to spend time with those who view the world similarly and appreciate her for who she is and I have never seen her happier.
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