Asperger and dating

She remembers when she first learned Mead had Asperger’s. When you’re a new parent and you’re hearing it for the first time, it’s not even on your radar.”There were bright sides to his condition, too, with scenes familiar to any young family. It was like watching his imagination on loudspeaker.”Mead would focus on one thing “obsessively,” his mom says.

“Then frustration would build around not being able to express himself fully,” Bateman says.Diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 5, he now wants to help teens and adults on the autism spectrum get comfortable with romantic relationships, intimacy and “just hanging out” via a “dating day camp.”“Forget Asperger’s, dating is awkward for a lot of people,” says Mead, his deliberate tone gusting calm into an uncertain room.Launched this year in conjunction with a sexologist and a dating coach, his free half-day workshops invite “Aspies” to meet, mingle and trade social cues more easily.Dating can seem like a distant mirage or “a shiny sports car,” prized but perpetually out of reach — “or I guess in today’s case, a Tesla,” says one of his doc subjects onscreen.“Intimacy can be difficult for people like us, because we have a tough time showing our emotions and talking about our emotions,” says another.Particularly acute in people diagnosed, Asperger’s symptoms can be “prominent in so many other people,” Mead notes.“The most off-base stereotype about people with Asperger’s syndrome is that we’re stupid socially and we can’t read a lot of social cues.”He says he’s sometimes blind to certain indicators like eye contact or crossed arms, but research backs up his argument, with studies highlighting the wealth of empathy many Asperger’s “sufferers” possess.“Another stereotype is that we’re all nerds.I’m not sure if he was embarrassed or if we just grew apart.


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