If you have not had the opportunity to acquaint yourself with an individual with characteristics related to Aspergers Syndrome, I hope you have the opportunity to do so. If you are an individuals with such characteristics, I hope you recognize the uniqueness in your strength and value as a person.
While Aspergers Syndrome does not define a person, knowing that even within the spectrum no person is alike, the diagnosis can offer insight into an individual's unique way of experiencing the world. I have greatly valued conversations I have had with individuals and families seeking guidance in the area of Aspergers Syndrome. These conversations have allowed me to discover minds, hearts and desires that not only yearn to be understood and considered, but once time and space is provided for these persons to be listened to in full, have offered me profound insight not only into those persons way of thinking, feeling, and understanding, but also into my own. I have marveled at the acute and refined sensitivities demonstrated to matters that I would not consider without them being drawn to my attention.
If there is one attribute I sense individuals with Aspergers Syndrome might have in common, it would be that of guilelessness. They appear to have no ill intent toward others, which many have sincerely admitted to me. Integrity is a high priority. I admire this greatly.
------------------------------Michael Van Dam, LCSW, MT-BC
Individual, Family, and Child Therapist
Resilient Solutions, Inc.
tel: 801 815-6152
1355 N. Main, Ste. 3,