An Asperger marriage by Gisela Slater-Walker, Christopher Slater-Walker, Tony

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 knowing. this is often an account of dwelling with AS, usually proposal incompatible with marriage.

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The faults were mainly as one would expect, such as not understanding why such an apparently intelligent child had so little to say in class, why he appeared so unhappy and unfriendly most of the time; from my own point of view the regimented timetable, which left little time to pursue my own agenda, and the lack of my own space were big problems. ) As for my ‘eccentricity’, this is either the right or the wrong word, depending on one’s point of view. Living in a closed community where not just the school day is shared but also every moment outside school hours, the pressure to conform to ‘normality’ can be quite strong, and I suppose that anyone not conforming would be seen as eccentric.

However, the diagnostic criteria were mesmerising; it was a character portrait, including some physical characteristics, of Chris. 52 Gisela Apart from the obvious criteria relating to social skills I also recognised the poor facial expression and lack of voice prosody. The ICD-10 criteria (published by the World Health Organisation, in 1993) can be found in Chapter 6 together with comments by both Chris and myself. We decided that there was enough to suggest that we should pursue a diagnosis. The National Autistic Society helpline was very helpful and provided the names of specialists we could contact privately.

Until my brother-in-law’s gift, the thought of Chris being on the autistic spectrum had never entered my head. I had only a limited knowledge and experience of autism. My first contact with it had been through a friend whose daughter had classic autism. I knew of, but did not understand, the immense practical and emotional difficulties that this had brought the family. Then a few years ago, Chris and I had watched a television documentary about a little boy with Asperger Syndrome. His father was shown leafing through a photograph album of radio masts and the commentary suggested that some parents, particularly fathers, of children on the autistic spectrum showed autistic traits.

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