By Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker, Tony Attwood
While Chris Slater-Walker was once 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 realizing. this is often an account of dwelling with AS, frequently concept incompatible with marriage.
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58 Gisela At the coffee break, Temple made herself available to discuss problems with people, and of course, she was surrounded by people who wanted their own specific questions answered. Chris stood back, away from the throng watching her, and said simply, ‘That’s like me’. We had lunch with Temple (fortunately for us, not many people at the conference wanted to spend their lunch break with her) and she and Chris chatted across the table, without looking at each other, both fiddling frantically with bottle corks.
He rarely revealed anything personal without being asked; there was an apparent reluctance on his part to disclose much about himself, and he explained this away by saying that when he was sent away to boarding school, he had been unhappy and it was this he thought may have led to his inability to express his feelings. My only involvement with and knowledge of autism was limited to the Kanner type, so there was no way that it would have occurred to me that there was any explanation other than personality or experience for Chris’s behaviour.
It is easy to read the material, and understand it, but comprehension of the disability takes much longer and without Pauline’s many hours of friendship in the early days after the diagnosis, Chris and I would have foundered. Since then, her husband has been of help too, schooling Chris in job interview techniques. Although most literature is aimed at parents of younger children with Asperger Syndrome, it requires little imagination to see that many of the issues remain the same throughout the life of a person with Asperger Syndrome.