Your Health: Asperger's syndrome
A well-known author who not only speaks out about Asperger's syndrome, but also suffers from it talked to area educators and parents in Helena today.
Rudy Simone says, "Just 'cause you have Asperger's doesn't mean you know what that means until somebody tells you."
And it took well-known Simone 40 years to have someone tell her she too suffered from Asperger's syndrome. A condition on the autism spectrum, Asperger's is more commonly found in males and often affects social interactions.
Simone says, "It's not a disease and I don't even think it's a disorder. It's a condition. It's a different way of processing things. It's a different way of neurologically processing information."
Simone says having Asperger's does not need to be viewed as a negative and she even calls it a wonderful thing. She says the trouble comes from other people who just don't understand it.
Simone continues, "I think we have very interesting minds. We have very curious minds. We have very analytical minds. We have creative minds. And despite what doctors used to think we have great imagination as well."
It's that imagination which has led Simone to write four books on Asperger’s and help thousands of people who suffer.
She says the need for information is huge as the numbers of people living with Asperger’s continues to grow.
Simone says, "You might think it doesn't affect you, but chances are you work with someone or you're related to someone or you know someone or you may fall in love with someone and you're gonna want this knowledge."
Rudy Simone is in Montana speaking across the state courtesy of the Montana Autism Education Project of the Office of Public Instruction.
It's estimated one out of 100 people have Asperger’s syndrome.
For more information visit help4aspergers.com.