High Functioning Autism

High functioning autism is a term associated with autistic individuals who have good verbal and communication skills but exhibit other characteristics on the autism spectrum. This page is written by my son who has been a great teacher in learning about life from a different perspective.

I am Ryan. Son of Carolyn, I am a person with Autism. It is not a disorder, or mental disability. For people that have Autism, it is just a different way of learning, or seeing things from a different point of view. Many people like me have a heightened sense of things. We can find hidden things faster than other people. We pay close attention to every little detail. We also are very trusting, some times too trusting, of other people. We have fairly different personality traits than other people. We also have a very, very good memory. I lost count of how many times I’ve had to find my mom’s keys for her, because she can’t remember where she put them.

Some people say that there are treatments for Autism. I say that there is nothing wrong with us, so why do we have to change? Why can’t the world change for us? Biomedical, therapy all those things try to change us. If God didn’t want us to be here we wouldn’t, but we are. So deal with it.

There are many different types of autism. To see these types of Autism go to autism types. As for me, I have Asperger’s Syndrome. It is hard for me communicate to people that I don’t know very well. When people talk to me, sometimes I take things differently then what they meant, or how other people would take it. I can’t really understand body language like other people would. It all depends on what type of severity of Autism you or your loved one has.

If you’re a parent just now finding out what Autism is? Don’t freak out and throw your kid out the window thinking he has a mental disability. Autism is not a disability, and certainly cannot make it go away. So don’t put them through a ton of therapy, and from personal experience don’t make them take drugs to make it disappear. If you are a parent, I one wish accept your child for who they are, not who you want them to be.

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