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About UNCOMMON BOSTONIAN

YVONNE ELLEN CHRISTIAN

IS

THE UNCOMMON BOSTONIAN

The website called Uncommon Bostonian is here to inform and educate about Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism that ranges to mild to severe. It is on the lighter side of the autism spectrum. Until April 2002, Yvonne Christian did not know she had Asperger's. Yet she did notice that she was different from others. It was only when she started seeing a neurotherapist named Dr. Jolene Ross that she learned what really made her uncommon to others.

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

A form of autism that causes impairment of social interaction (the predominant feature of the disorder). The other features are listed below:
  • Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities
  • Causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning
  • No clinically significant general delay in language
  • No clinically significant delay in cognitive delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiousity about the environment in childhood
  • Criteria are not met for another specific pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia

                                                                                      

 

Asperger's Syndrome & Me

For most of my life I wondered why everyone treated me differently while what I was doing what I believed to be normal.  However, everyone would get on my case, although I couldn't see what was bothering them.  I could see their anger and resentment, never anything positive about them.  I always hated being accused of doing something bad because I believed that didn't occur.  It looked more like a figment of their imagination running amok.

This prompted me to write about other people's strange behavior towards me.  I remember a phone conversation when a person told me a law that started in 1975 and I causually remarked that I was ten years old that year and enjoyed listening to KC & the Sunshine Band a lot.  He became furious and demanded to talk to my supervisor.  Another time a caller informed me that he didn't have a bank account and I remarked, "Everyone has a bank account."  He screamed at me while I thought I was just expressing my opinion under the First Amendment.  I never intended to offend anyone while I was talking to them, but that was their reaction towards me.

On a few occasions in my life did I misbehave on purpose out of anger, but others believed I did it anyway regardless of what I was feeling at that time.  Some have the impression that I am a rude person.  Of course that isn't true.  However, I did have a very bad temper that could be easily set off whenever I was under extreme pressure.  My chest and stomach were in pain while other people took delight in harassing me endlessly like it was their favorite sport to see me explode.  I thought the stress what going to tear my body apart.  This was before I found out about sensory dysfunction, which is a trait of Asperger's Syndrome (AS).  To relieve that, I ended up yelling at and fighting family members, schoolmates and friends (at least that's what I thought friends were) constantly.  They always had an accusation that I did something wrong.  I figured they made it up or they were simply crazy and making things up on the spot.

 

 


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