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The Guild – a fun Aspie show

Felicia Day, the creator of the online show The Guild, is a genius.

She herself has degrees in Mathematica and Music (which is really just one form of applied mathematics).  I do not know if she is an Aspie herself, but she certainly knows how to portray and entertain us!  I would recommend watching The Guild (which is in its 5th season) to anyone who is or loves an Aspie (or who has to interact with us and who would like to get more of an insight into our psyches).

The first season was strictly non-sponsored, made for YouTube.  It is so good and has such a following (I suspect that mostly among Aspies)

Here is the first episode of the first season:

Many parents of Aspie kids/teens have asked me if I think it is bad to let them have a lot of online time.  I do not.

To the contrary – I think online interactions are an exceptionally useful tools for Aspies (and parents of Aspies) to encourage social growth.

Let’s face it – Aspies mature differently from NT’s (neurotypicals – non-Aspies).  In some aspects, we are much more advanced than our NT peers and we find it quite offensive when NT adults treat us as idiots and simplify things to the point of error while talking to us.  On the other hand, we are much slower to mature socially – some of us find most social interactions with NTs quite disturbing.

Interaction over the internet is both simpler – the rules are simplified and usually explicitly stated – and more in our control:  if we feel a ‘melt down’ or if we want to leave the interaction for any reason, we can simply log off! That is an incredible ‘security blanket’ – being able to remove oneself from a stressful social situation rather than waiting for it to blow up.

When my younger son got a girlfriend (his first) in and MMO RPG, my older son was concerned that this might be wrong or inappropriate for his social development.  I explained that I disagreed – his brother was aware that the online persona might hide absolutely anyone, but he was having fun ‘trying out’ flirting in a completely safe environment.  When they eventually did ‘break up’, he did not ever have to log onto that particular site again.  Ever!

This avoided a lot of awkwardness.  Being in the same class/school with his ex and having to interact with her daily would have been extremely stressful and would have stifled his desire to interact with other humans.  Like this, it was a perfectly safe (and supervised!) interaction, where he got to practice his social flirting skills without the fear of consequences should he fail.

I see that as a win-win!

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06/10/2011 - Posted by | Asperger Syndrome, Aspergers and Schooling, Aspie Communication, Aspie thinking, Humour | , , , , ,

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