Welcome. Come in and sit on the comfy chair. The name’s rocklobster, and I am an aspie and a Catholic.
What, you don’t know what all that means. Here, let me tell you.
Aspie means I have Asperger Disorder.
For most of my life, I was unaware of my disorder. I spent most of my school years in special education, but it never seemed like I “belonged”. I did not seem mentally disabled; it was mostly my questionable social skills. As my stepmother would say, I’m book smart, but not street smart.
It was not until I started college that I learned the truth. My stepmother was quite surprised, to say the least.
Asperger Disorder is named for Dr. Hans Asperger, who discovered it in 1944. His work was not translated until 1991, which explains why there is so little info on it. Dr. Lorna Wing calls it a “triad of impairments affecting social interaction, communication, and imagination, and accompanied by a narrow, rigid, repetitive pattern of activities. [“The History of Asperger Syndrome” in Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism?, Current Issues in Autism Series (New York: Plenum, 1998), pp 11-27] It shares qualities with the following PDD’s: Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Integrative Disorder, and Fragile X Syndrome. Because most AS people hit developmental peaks early, they appear normal, albeit with unique interests and styles of of social interaction. The condition currently has a ratio of 1 in every 80 births, according to new research I’ve heard about. It’s more common in boys than girls.
Some of the common autistic behaviors I exhibit are as follows:
- Persevation– Repetitive Behavior: In my case, I like to make lists because it helps me to organize.
- Lack Of Eye Contact— My stepmother has worked very hard to correct this, but it is still a problem.
- Linguistic Comprehension–In my case, in my youth, I had inability to differentiate between rhetorical and non-rhetorical questions.
- Stereotypies–Repetitive motor movements. In my case, I pace a lot if I’m bored.
- Preoccupation with special interests–Aspies like myself may collect lots of info associated with our interests (my parents dubbed me the “little encyclopedia” because of all the stuff I had learned from books I’ve read)
- Lack of Empathy regarding others’ feelings.
- Increased sensitivity to certain stimuli — I find loud, ringing noises EXTREMELY irritating.
I usually not depressed about my situation. I consider my AS a gift from God. My willingness to interact with others has led to meeting interesting people, both in real-life activity as well as online. Many of these people have actually helped to enhance my spiritual journey. The years I spent in special education classes exposed me to people with various mental and physical disorders, and made me see them as people, not as objects of ridicule, disdain, or pity.
So what are my interests?
They include the following:
and Christian Music:
So I hope you will follow me as we journey together with Jesus. Remember the words of G.K. Chesterton: “The Christian ideal has not been made and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried.”
13 thoughts on “Bio of An Aspie Catholic”
I’m looking forward to reading along with your blog! I had a student who was also a Christian and had AS. He displayed many of the characteristics you mentioned; he was also a wonderful young man and excellent student.
Cheers! To a great new blog from a great Catholic Aspie. And just to start off in the Autism Awareness month. Thank you so much.
I had no idea it was Autism Awareness Month. I guess we can chalk this up to serendipity.
Great start to your blog!
Man, do I sympathize with the Special Ed thing. My first-grade teacher wanted me in there since I did the work before she gave directions for it. I had learned to do it in preschool and didn’t see the point in waiting for directions. For some reason, that translated into me needing to be in special education.
Thankfully, my parents fought and won against it!
Actually, Special Ed wasn’t so bad. It taught me to respect people with disabilities, so I think God wanted me to go there.
I share the same disorder, which I actually would hate to lose because there is a good chance that my Aspergers Syndrome will do be good when I will need it to. That characteristics list is very similar to what I experience. Words and phases can even became redundant and irritate me highly, but I am glad the struggle with plenty of sounds did not ever stop you.
HAPPY EASTER!!! And glad to see you are writing a blog that obviously you know intimately and is of interest to yourself and many others…good luck and enjoy!
Hey Rocky! I consider my Aspergers a gift from God, too. May He bless your blog and all that is on it.
(Oh and my Opera browser thinks that Aspergers is a spelling error. How insensitive and rude…)
Thanks for following! BTW, it’s probably not just Opera. My browser does it too. You probably need to just go in and add it to the spell check.
Hajimemashite! You seem like a nice person. (I’m honestly a bit jealous of how well you seem to be doing with the Aspieness.) I think I will lurk here.
Don’t be jealous. Try to find something positive about your life and focus on it. For example: how about the fact that you can read and write?
Great to hear about another Aspie who’s a Catholic. I’m actually discerning the religious life right now. =)
Hey just found your blog while doing a bit of research. I’m not a Catholic but I am a Christian (Protestant/Calvinist actually) and may be an Aspie (despite the fact that it’s 2018 now and asperger’s is now high-functioning autism). I just had a psychoeducational assessment done recently and am wait to hear results back but with the symptoms I know that you also described, it seems highly likely, even if its a mild case (no sensitivities or strict routines for me but the rest are all yes)
But I’ll give this bloga read!