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Feel differently, think differently - the thought paths of an Asperger's autistic

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He feels, thinks and learns differently: Matthias Huber is a psychologist - and Asperger's autistic. An encounter.

It doesn't matter where we talk to each other. In the small room the voice has to be quieter than in the larger room next door.

We opt for the large meeting room at Matthias Huber's place of work, the University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Bern, UPD AG. There is an oval wooden table with a regular grain.

A calming area for Matthias Huber. Whenever he talks to me, he keeps looking at the table.

Grain instead of facial expressions

He speaks ready for press. Almost no point or comma. Considered. Precise. Rich in detail. The look on my face would disturb him. My facial expressions are not like the table. Calm. Consistent. She sends out social signals. And those are difficult for people diagnosed with autism.

Matthias Huber explains that to me. He also explains why he has to get up briefly to straighten the folds of the curtain in the room. That too is an act of taming.

A double expert

Matthias Huber is affected by Asperger's autism. And: Matthias Huber is a psychologist. His specialty is autism.

The fact that he was able to study a science that requires soft skills is thanks to his giftedness. And a few important people who didn't just see him as «the handicapped», but became aware of his great resources.

Recognize early, encourage early

Matthias Huber grew up without diagnosis. In the 1970s, the years of his childhood, Asperger's autism was hardly known. Not even later.

Only in this century are little eccentrics like Matthias once recognized faster and better in their otherness.

This is also thanks to the 49-year-old expert. He campaigns for early detection and early support. As a dual expert, he has unique expertise and credibility.

A lost friend, a low voice

Matthias Huber had a friend as a small child. He liked being outside with him. With him he climbed trees. The friend went to kindergarten with him.

But there Matthias no longer recognized his playmate. Too many faces, too many noises, too much movement! «For me it was like an impenetrable fog. The games seemed to me like aimless, useless activity. "

A special student

He'd rather be busy all by himself. Put patterns. Looked at her for a long time. And became calmer again. Came to.

Later at school a teacher wondered why Matthias was only whispering. The special student just didn't realize how loud his voice had to be in the new room, the large classroom.

The shelf and the linguistic precision

For Matthias, mathematics was usually a safe value. Except for word problems. Then he often brooded with autism: When it said, “There are 5 bookshelves in a room 10 meters long. How many shelves can there be in a room with a side length of 4 meters? », Then he didn't know what to calculate.

For an Asperger's autistic, the journey of thought then takes a different path. How is a shelf different from a bookcase? Is it the same What do you mean by the difference? And so on and so on, up to another place where the school task can no longer be solved.

"We depend on linguistic precision," says Matthias Huber and mentions a few other everyday phrases that are anti-autism. For example: "See you soon!"

Something completely new

The petite expert at the oval wooden table utters a tongue twister calmly: "Retrospective-heavy association induction." I beg your pardon? Matthias Huber explains: “Something is seldom completely new for you. You can always fall back on what you have already experienced. "

That's right: When I move house, I quickly feel at home again because a wall remains a wall, a door a door and the roof is always above my head.

It is different with autistic people. They are detail-focused. “The differences are important. We quickly go from the hundredth to the thousandth. Then we lose the big picture. "

Matthias Huber has learned to deal with these challenges. He lives a full life. At work. And also privately. Also thanks to a beautiful wood pattern on the table and straight folds on the curtain.

Broadcast: Radio SRF 2 Kultur, Context, July 24, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

Asperger's Autism

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Asperger's autism is not a physical or mental illness. A developmental disorder causes people with Asperger's to perceive their environment differently. In contrast to early childhood autism, Asperger's often only shows up in school age. Significantly more men than women are affected.
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In ten years, the diagnosis of Asperger's autism in Switzerland has increased tenfold. How is that possible? “Context” seeks an answer - and gives an insight into the thoughts and feelings of those affected.

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  • Comment from Silvia Hagen (Silvia Hagen)
    Interesting article. Thanks. What always amazes me is that we know that people with Asperger's have a different perception. But why do we call this "developmental disorder" ??? You have a different perception. Point.
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  • Comment from Severin Heck (think and check for yourself)
    Today children are monitored from an early age. Have hardly any untouched playing time. Climb trees?! Too dangerous. Dream?! No time, the child has to learn, otherwise they will not find a connection. The child says doing something politically incorrect ?! Intervene immediately, what else would the others think? There is no such thing as Asperger's. You force introverted, non-social behavior on children ...
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    1. answer from R Pauli (monospace)
      "You force introverted, non-social behavior on children ..." Autism is a matter of perception, not behavior. With the statement "There is no such thing as Asperger's" you are right, however: This diagnosis will therefore be abolished.
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    2. answer from Beni Fuchs (Beni Fuchs)
      Autism is a perception AND behavior problem. And each case is probably a bit different on an individual basis. That is why diagnoses are difficult, when does it become a disability?
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  • Commentary by M. Kaiser (clear view)
    A very interesting article about Asperger's Syndrome - what still needs to be learned is the fact - are there also people with Asperger's weakly affected? Or only those affected with uniform strong characteristics? So are there nuances from weak to strong?
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    1. answer from Beni Fuchs (Beni Fuchs)
      There is probably no illness or disability 'uniformly'. There are always nuances. This is precisely why there are 'suddenly' more Asperger's patients, because the 'limit values' are defined differently than before ...
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