What happens when you’re born without the natural ability to develop body language?
One thing it meant for me growing up: a long series of awkward playdates.
Lacking both non-verbal communication and the ability to interpret it in others, I was years behind other kids my age, socially speaking. I wanted friends…sought out interactions…but struggled to make connections work. Asperger’s wasn’t a diagnosis when I little, so there was no real way to understand what was happening. I just stumbled through interactions, inadvertently pushing kids away. I watched in great confusion as my best efforts created a result that was the opposite of what I intended. [Read more…]