5 Things Not to Say to An Aspie

Linda Mad Hatter

1 – “We all have a bit of Aspie in us…”

No, we do not.  Being shy does not mean you are “part” Aspie.  Being good at math does not mean you are “part” Aspie.  Not liking loud noises does not mean you are “part” Aspie.  Aspergers is an either/or deal.  You either have it, or you do not.

We understand (for the most part) that you are trying to tell us that we are OK in your books, and it’s great that you feel that way.  However statements like these trivialise the very real pain that having Aspergers can cause.  It can invalidate our experience, and it can be incredibly offensive.

2 – “My sister’s husband’s first wife’s half-brother’s third cousin is really anti-social.  Do you think he has Aspergers?”

OK, for starters, I’m not a psychologist/psychiatrist/neurologist/paediatrician.

Also – if you don’t even know their last name, then how…

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