Now I'm the Asperger's expert....
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|Thu, 06-24-2010 - 5:56pm|
Argh! We have a PhD student at work with Asperger's Syndrome, and we've just had a whole situation blow up which was the result of a series of classic misunderstandings. It's nearly resulted in a lawsuit for the university. I wasn't involved, but looking at the account of what has happened, I can see utterly classic patterns every step of the way where the poor student got the wrong end of the stick, and reacted badly, and the faculty didn't take his disability into acount at all...anyway, I was stupid enough to TELL the faculty this, and to point out where they might have handled things better (eg by making expectations clearer, by providing support with organisational tasks, by adjusting some of the expectations around group work, all things I know that Euan and the other Aspies I know struggle with).
Oh boy was that a mistake. NOW all of a sudden I am the departmental 'expert' on Asperger's and I have to take this student on as a supervisor, to try and manage and support him better. I know he's probably way better off with me as a supervisor than someone who doesn't 'get' the Aspergers...but a small part of me is a bit tired of having to deal with it all the time at home and wants a break at work. That's selfish, I know, but I am sort of dreading supervising this student. But I know that no-one else can do it properly and give him a fair chance to complete his PhD.
Kirsty, mum to Euan (11, Aspergers Syndrome) Rohan (7, NT) and Maeve (4, NT)
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