|Dr Lorna Wing, 1928-2014
Observing as a psychiatrist that there were far many more children and young people who displayed characteristics of autism but didn't fit Kanner's description. Rigorous research brought Dr Wing to Hans Asperger's original paper, then only available in German. With the help of a translation provided by her husband, Wing's 1981 paper in which she described the term Asperger's Syndrome not only broke the mould within the field of autism, but would make a huge difference of the lives of many, with the help that a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome can bring in terms of support (if it can be accessed) as well as the diagnosis enabling one to understand themselves.
Those who have heard me give a talk or workshop will likely be familiar with how I felt my Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis gave me, for the first time in my life a chance to not only understand myself in a much clearer way, but also I felt enabled me to make a personal assessment of myself as to where I could see where my strengths and weaknesses in relation to how I am affected by Asperger's Syndrome. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can help with key decisions one makes in their life including with education and careers. But not only did my diagnosis enable this, but it also opened me up to a whole new world, which has seen me met many people whom I would not have otherwise met.
|'Team Popcorn' at Kilimanjaro
|Team building at Monkwearmouth
|With Tara Kimberley Torme, a gifted poet with Asperger's Syndrome
One of the many people whom my diagnosis led me to meet is Tara Kimberley Torme, whose poem provides a good description of Asperger's Syndrome. Click here to read it.