I have a son diagnosed with ASD. When he was small, we simply thought he was a genius because he could read at the age of 2. He was also very good at spelling. There were little things I noticed like he didn’t know how to zip up his jacket at the age of 4, the way he pulled his teacher’s hand and pointed at me when I arrived at his nursery school to fetch him.
When he started primary school, he didn’t make friends and just sat alone by himself during recess. He didn’t finish copying notes from the board because he wrote too slow. I then discovered the term “Asperger”. We took him to the specialists. The doctors said there was nothing wrong with him. It was just language barrier they said since we had just moved back from abroad.
We gave up on getting him diagnosed until I discovered that he was getting bullied at school. We went to see another doctor who finally diagnosed him to have Autism Spectrum disorders. With the diagnose, we inform his teachers about the bullying. The boys in his class were informed about this. Alhamdulillah the bullying stopped.
It’s been 2 years now. He is in secondary school now and he has no good friends at school, only classmates.
Labels can be positive or negative depending on how we want to take it.
Intro: #HighFunctioningMeans – and its siblings, #LowFunctioningMeans and #FunctioningLabelsMean are trending on Twitter right now. For insight into what neurodiverse people really think of functioning labels, I suggest you check those tags out. I participated in the hashtag, and in my usual verbose way, I realized that I’d completely flood it if I posted all that’s in my brain, but I’m perseverating on it so I decided to turn it into a post.
Content note: There are some offensive views I’ve written about in a first-person sense for reasons of satire. Content note for ableism and abuse.
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