This week we are discussing Asperger's Syndrome and understanding some of the challenges they face that are sometimes misunderstood. Please take a moment to read the previous 3 posts if you haven't had a chance. They are very informational. Today we are discussing their challenges with daily life.
Cognitive Challenges of Daily Life
It's easy to take for granted everyday adult tasks in life. Taking out trash, paying the electric bill, running the kids from here to there......all of these seem like regular everyday tasks to us. But a person struggling with Asperger's may have challenges processing the information needed to complete all the daily tasks. All of these activities can test the limit of the person with Asperger's and they may feel overwhelmed, overstimulated, and out of control.
Don't get us wrong, they really want to contribute and help out. They just struggle processing it and knowing how to take one thing at a time. It's hard for them to put each task into a category, complete it, and move to the next very quickly. It's also challenging for them to multitask when there are multiple demands. It's overstimulating and it can feel overwhelming.
If you are in a relationship with someone struggling with this, you may want to ask them how you can do things to help them. Let them know you want to support them. It's often easier to pick out what they are doing wrong and and become frustrated with them. But if you try to communicate to understand their limitations, you both might find the best way to handle daily tasks.
Tomorrow Joleen will share about emotional demands and how this affects someone with Asperger's. Please check with us then. Thank you for reading and have a great day!
Written by Natalie Chandler
*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC, LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.