“How do you cope with having Asperger’s syndrome?”
Well, that’s quite a loaded question. And a tricky one to answer. Assuming that you have some knowledge of this condition, here is some of my tips and tricks for coping with ASD. Please note that this is entirely subjective, and is in line with my own experience; it may not necessarily be the same for you:
Carry headphones everywhere.
The world is noisy, quite frankly. There are people everywhere, lights flicker on and off, tapping, cushion squeaking, etc. For me, music blocks pretty much all of this out for me. It also gives me a cover for stimming, as it looks like I’m clapping along to the beat of whatever song I’m listening to. The large majority of people also don’t bother me when I have these it. Just make sure they’re discreet.
Hand cream is also a bonus.
A comforting sensory thing!
Have a specific quite space.
If you’re going to have a meltdown, or are in the process of, a quiet space is an essential place. And it stops you being prone to prying eyes, as people can be nosey.
Immediately disclose a diagnosis.
A college or a secondary school is obliged to give you help; but they can’t give you the help without you telling them exactly what you need. A diagnosis can be a blessing as well as a curse-just as a word of warning-but education should be a stress free zone.
Being open is essential to the purpose of transparency; when I was diagnosed, I tried to make all my teachers and friends aware, because it just seemed to be a good idea. They can take it whatever way they want-some took it on board, some didn’t care, and to some it gave legitimation to be cruel about. But it gives you the help needed.
Keep something with you to fiddle with.
Somebody who I know who is potentially on the spectrum kept rings with them, as they liked to fiddle-as it kept them calm, and focused.
What are your tricks?