Asperger’s Syndrome – Could the concept of Superpowers be causing more harm than good?

The most ridiculous part of the ‘superpower’  thing is that we take things literally, so we know that we do not have ‘superpowers’.  We know that there are no such things as superpowers. We know claiming ‘superpowers’ is lying, and we know it is wrong. We are a minority who wants to be treated like people. That is what we are. We are people.

Seventh Voice

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There’s been a lot of talk about the increasingly popular idea that people with Asperger’s Syndrome possess some kind of superpower.

Indeed, many people seem to genuinely believe it.

Search any website on the topic and you’re sure to find groups of people who freely name their superpower and then describe in minute detail the extraordinary things that whatever their particular superpower of choice may be, enables them to do.

To me, such talk of there being any form of an Asperger type superpower is ultimately harmful as it reflects the misbegotten and much argued against concept that those with Asperger’s Syndrome view themselves as being, in many ways, superior to everyone who does not have Asperger’s.

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were fighting against the claim that all people with Asperger’s Syndrome were arrogant, detached, cold, sub-human, robot type intellectual beings, who were capable of memorizing…

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One thought on “Asperger’s Syndrome – Could the concept of Superpowers be causing more harm than good?

  1. People used to ask me if my kids were savants. I said no. They just have strengths and weaknesses like everyone else. We concentrated on developing their strengths into employable skills. It also gave them a boost in confidence.

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