ASD versus ASx?

Can we please stop with the smug, self-righteous virtue signalling and emotional blackmail being used to try to divide the autism community under the pretence of unity?It’s negative, it’s tiresome… and it’s dishonest! By JOHN COUNSEL Disclosure: I have Asperger’s Syndrome, diagnosed in December 2002, when I was 57 years old. I’m the father of five adult children with …

The Rocket Principle By John Counsel People who think that everything should be exactly right before attempting to launch their small businesses (or a new project, new product or new service) fall for the same trap that prevents most people ever achieving anything in life. It’s true that if you never take a risk you’ll …

Low self-esteem, low self-confidence, high self-doubt and self-contempt: are they natural or learned?

By John Counsel QUESTION: Can anyone give me some personal advice, please? I’m doing my best to understand my 8 year old, undiagnosed Aspie son, so please don’t be judgemental. Is it natural for those with ASD to jump to negative assumptions about themselves first, before anything else? For example, last night I took him to …

Diagnosing Asperger’s Syndrome

BY JOHN COUNSEL Asperger’s Syndrome was named after the condition articulated in 1944 by Dr Hans Asperger, an Austrian psychiatrist. The name was coined in the 1980s by Dr Lorna Wing, an English psychiatrist and prolific author who specialised in Autism. Dr Wing was also the mother of an autistic child. Asperger’s Syndrome was first formally recognised as a neurologically divergent condition …

Autism and Vaccines?

By John Counsel It can be very easy — even tempting — to draw the conclusion that there’s some kind of cause-and-effect relationship between vaccines and autism when they both APPEAR to occur around the same time in some children. But appearances can be very misleading… just like in these examples: In August-September 2016, in …

Why are ONLINE screening tests for Asperger’s Syndrome so unreliable?

By JOHN COUNSEL There's an important clue in the name itself: Asperger's Syndrome… “a syndrome is a group of symptoms which consistently occur together, or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms.” There's a variation on the old saying “if you’ve met one ————— you've met them all,” that applies to everyone on the Autism Spectrum, …