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He also advised me that I would have to be very explicit about my own requirements and when I jokingly suggested flashcards, he countered with ‘Try it’. That evening I picked up a sheet of information that we had received from the National Autistic Society (NAS) and looked at the publications on Asperger Syndrome. I realised that I simply was not interested in autism as a disability. It held no fascination for me, certainly not to the level I was going to have to become involved, though having qualified as a physiotherapist, generally I am interested in disability issues.

I wondered what the specialist would say; I was most worried that he would say it was a borderline case, or that he could not be sure. Chris told the specialist that he was worried that, having read about AS a little, it may influence his answers. He was reassured that this would be taken into account; subsequently I have learnt that it is the way that adults with AS answer questions that is almost as significant as the answer itself in arriving at a diagnosis. I can remember parts of the diagnostic procedure: Chris was asked what book he was reading at the time and replied that it was a non-fiction text about code breaking at Bletchley Park.

Chris: Apparently this is correct for me. Gisela: Certainly this is supported by what I know of Chris’s childhood. He spoke well and clearly, though very little. His interest in the environment had some unfor- 42 ICD-10 Criteria for Asperger Syndrome 43 tunate consequences, including setting fire to the back garden. However, motor milestones may be somewhat delayed and motor clumsiness is usual (although not a necessary feature). Isolated special skills, often related to abnormal preoccupations, are common, but are not required for diagnosis.

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