Becoming an Asperger’s hero

My story is that of someone who received a very late diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in my early 50s. Having studied psychology at university and now teaching it and having helped students on the autistic spectrum you would think I would have recognised it. But no! It was really my wife’s insight that made me aware of it.

After taking an Autistic Quotient test I realised that I certainly had tendencies towards an autistic personality. I began to use resources aimed at Asperger’s adults to work on my some of the communication difficulties I was finding in my marriage. After a few years I got to a point were I just had to know I really was autistic or not. So I went with my wife to the doctors and got a referral to a psychiatrist to see if I could get a diagnosis.

Life made so much sense after my diagnosis of Asperger syndrome

After waiting for funding to come through I eventually obtained a diagnosis on the NHS. Coming away from the appointment with the psychiatrist I was at my lowest point. But as I read even more about it I found that so much fell into place. I finally understood why I had always felt so different, why I was bullied at school, why I had always had difficulties in relating to people and why I had so often felt that I was an outsider

I also realised that I had overcome so many barriers over the years. I had a wife and a daughter. I had a career and many who have Asperger's don’t have these things. These realisations began to build up my confidence. At this time I qualified as a life coach and decided that I could help others in similar situations such as adults with Asperger syndrome or autism who might be struggling to make the most of their life.

Why I set up Asperger’s Heroes

My desire in setting up Asperger’s Heroes is to coach and mentor others and to help them overcome these barriers, make the most of the many strengths which come with Asperger syndrome and so find fulfilment in their lives. If this resonates with you I would love to hear your story. Please feel free to get in touch through the contact form or leave a comment. It would be great to hear from you.