Aspergers is part of our daily lives and human history. Autism is a neuro-developmental condition that affects cognitive, sensory, and social processing, changing the way people see the world and interact with others. It is estimated that autism affects approximately 80,000 New Zealanders (Autism NZ). Many people who meet the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder or condition have high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), colloquially known as Aspergers.
Understanding of AS is relatively recent. It is only over the last 25 years that there has been community awareness and understanding of AS. Popularisation has occurred via movies, TV programmes, poetry, personal testimonies, literature, blogs, websites, and other internet resources. Many learn about autism when their children and grandchildren are diagnosed at school, others learn through social media and life experiences, and others through their professional training.
Whether the differences between neuro-typical (non-autistic) and autism spectrum conditions are understood as apples vs oranges, Apple Mac vs PC operating systems, or hard wiring of the brain vs research advances in neuroplasticity, differences require acceptance, appreciation, understanding, and changes in our understanding of each other and human history.
Aspergers provides consulting psychological services for adults, their partners, their children, family members, colleagues, and employers. Services for adolescents and children with AS usually include their parents, teachers, health professionals, siblings, and sometimes other family members.
Increasingly, organisations are seeking consulting services for managing AS employment issues and for creating an organisational culture that demonstrates an understanding of unconscious bias and acceptance of diversity, including neuro-diversity.
Aspergers offers consulting services which include knowledge, expertise and skills from a wide range of psychology including developmental, educational, organisational, and counselling psychology.