By Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker, Tony Attwood
While Chris Slater-Walker was once clinically determined with Asperger Syndrome it defined why he looked himself as "socially handicapped", yet for Gisela it intended coming to phrases with a wedding with none intuitive knowing. this can be an account of residing with AS, frequently inspiration incompatible with marriage.
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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.
I was not yet convinced that Chris had Asperger Syndrome. There was the possibility that his painful shyness and ‘crabbiness’ was a result of his unhappiness in the early days of his time at boarding school. I contacted the specialist recommended at the Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital and arranged an appointment for 12th February 1997, which was then about five weeks away. I had the feeling when I spoke to the specialist that he might have been a little sceptical. The intervening period was difficult.
Was he happy at school? ‘Yes’, he replied. This was news to me: no mention of the bullying; crying at night; taking himself off to the library all Wednesday afternoons to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica; leaving a window open in the computer room so that he could go back later to fiddle. For me, this seemed particularly poignant, that a child could lead a life of relative isolation in what was a community, predominantly, of children. Vainly, the specialist tried to get Chris to talk at length about one of his special interests.