By Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker, Tony Attwood
Whilst Chris Slater-Walker used to be clinically determined with Asperger Syndrome it defined why he seemed himself as "socially handicapped", yet for Gisela it intended coming to phrases with a wedding with none intuitive figuring out. this is often an account of dwelling with AS, usually notion incompatible with marriage.
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He also had a phenomenal general knowledge and I found this fascinating. He would tell me things about the weather, painting, music and a myriad of other things; I enjoyed both his company and that of the students with whom he shared the house. There were some eccentricities, and, generally, I found these amusing. Chris is taller than me and consequently his natural walking pace is much brisker than mine. As he was quiet we would often walk in silence, and I used to drop back and hide to see how far ahead he would be before he noticed that he was alone.
There are people who Chris has known who undoubtedly like him and are prepared to enjoy his company, but in general, I am responsible for our social life and arranging meetings with friends. • Rarely seeking and using other people for comfort and affection at times of stress or distress and/or offering comfort and affection to others when they are showing distress or unhappiness. Chris: The first part of this is only partly true, but the second part is definitely true. Gisela: Chris will look to me for help with practical problems or difficulties, but I would not describe it as looking for comfort or affection, more reassurance – wanting someone familiar with him.
It is right that priority is given to children, but the lack of help for the autistic adult, who on the face of it is independent, is like denying a hearing aid to someone who has been diagnosed as deaf. The only support available to Chris is me, and there is no doubt that the diagnosis has enabled us to help our marriage work. 8 Communication Chris Scratch the surface of the professional literature about autism and Asperger Syndrome, and you will soon find that communication difficulties of one kind or another play a very central role in the diagnosis.