What is most strange about individuals who suffer from Asperger Syndrome is the fact a majority of people I know were not actually diagnosed until either Secondary School or well into their adult years.
When I look back to my earliest memories here on earth, I can certainly point to some notable traits that come with the condition, but not really enough to suggest I definitely had some form of mental health predicament.
I guess the cracks in people’s welfare and mental state are exposed in far greater detail as you get older, especially given the increased level of self-reliance you are expected to oversee as your childhood edges further and further away from you.
In the case of Nursery and Primary School, my biggest weaknesses were an unbreakable attachment to my Mum and the prospect of being late for anything causing me to oversee prolonged periods of relentless anxiety.
There were so many mornings before School when something would disrupt my confidence that I would arrive on time. As far as I was concerned, nothing else in the day mattered other than getting to the School gates well before the first lesson took place.
My Mother would often draw out maps that would aim to convince me that the route to School was simple and that time was always on my side. Perhaps my concept of how long things took was a little bit off, or perhaps this obvious need for routine and reassurance in the day would suggest an early indication that Asperger Syndrome may be on the cards.
I would also go incredibly long periods of time during lessons not uttering a single word. I distantly remember one particular occasion in Year 2 where the teacher had to prompt me several times to verbally say yes rather than nodding.
The biggest advantage from Primary School is the fairly relaxed and innocent atmosphere that is emitted from young children. I always felt accepted despite having some major personality flaws, which was maybe a hindrance as well as a blessing given the fact certain issues were not being exploited by people which meant they were not thought about on a regular basis.
Living the sheltered lifestyle that comes with Primary School was another huge advantage I may have overlooked. Everything felt streamlined and focused, giving me the best platform in which to focus on only a handful of things each day.
You are also handed your routine on a plate where everything you need to complete and everyone you need to speak with is clearly structured for you every single day. This again takes away a number of potentially difficult ordeals that are pretty synonymous with adult life.
The aforementioned benefits are also the reason why I think my diagnosis my have come much later in life. I think teachers are very quick to assume that any growing pains in your personality are something that come with young age and will therefore be naturally eradicated as you get older.
My time in early education was a breeze to be honest, but that really comes from the fact I was surrounded my honest and genuine people at School, as well as a very supportive network at home.
If you want more details about the traits that come with the condition, The Daily Mirror have recently published an article that highlights the common Asperger Syndrome symptoms in kids.
Are you a parent of young children? Have you noticed any personality traits that have caused them difficulties with their progress at Primary School or Nursery? I would love to hear your stories below.