One might automatically assume that because they share the same diagnosis and belong to the same family, they would have fairly similar personalities.
While they share some similarities, there are vast differences between them. That is the nature of a spectrum disorder; a trait which might be severe in one individual could be very mild or even totally missing from another person - even if they're from the same family!
Here is a list of disparities between our two Aspie boys:
BIG GUY LITTLE GUY
Withdraws Acts out
Repetitive behavior Sensory issues
Black/White views Echolalia
This list demonstrates the similarities our boys share:
- Social issues
- Sleep problems
- Aversion to physical touch
- concrete thinking
- Enhanced vocabulary
- Near-perfect memory
- "Gifted" range intelligence