I don’t necessarily see Asperger’s/autism as a spectrum. Sure, I use the terminology, but only because that’s the officially recognized (and recognizable) wording.
But I think that the word „spectrum“ is somewhat problematic. It conveys a linear shape, measured in a single dimension. Anyone who’s spent any amount of time in the Asperger’s/autism spectrum community knows that that’s not quite accurate.
Rather, I perceive the Asperger’s/autism spectrum as more of a galaxy, or perhaps a mosaic.
Let’s look at each of these in turn, and I’ll even explain myself. 🙂
The Concept of Asperger’s/Autism as a Galaxy:
In a way, the Asperger’s/autism spectrum is like a galaxy–a collection of stars of varying luminosity blazing together, yet apart and independent. Each of us contributes our own light to the whole. Some of us are gathered more intensely in a center, while others remain on the periphery (usually by choice). This could…
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