One of our peers had been up all night when the big one struck and rode a bucking floor under his desk, watching bookcases falling and the walls of his room doing incredible contortions. This experience certainly affected his ability to concentrate and study for a considerable time afterwards.
It seems clear that the continuing biffs, bams and boofs are having an incremental effect on our emotional stamina and it has been difficult to sustain entellectual effort in the last few months.
Aspiehelp has been working away at constructing a large data base of contacts in order to inform professionals aabout our services. It seems clear that several, if not many, counsellors, therapists, psychologists etc have very little knowledge or understanding of Asperger Syndrome as it presents in the adult population or even in their clients, which, frankly, horrifies (but does not surprise) us.
Next year we will be offering small groups of say 10 people at a time, the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at AspieHelp to have some in-depth training about Asperger Syndrome in adults, presented by an all-star Aspie lineup. From current reports, most people have found this kind of presentation both interesting/fascinating and extremely helpful. Questions will be welcome. To signal your interest, please email us!