About Aaron Likens
Aaron Likens serves as the Autism Ambassador for Life Skills’ TouchPoint Autism Services based in St. Louis, Missouri. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 20. After his diagnosis, a lot of his quirks made sense. He didn’t understand who he was, though, and fell into a deep depression. Through his depression, he began to self-reflect and he wrote a book, Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger’s Syndrome. Today, Likens travels the world giving presentations to police, teachers, and parents about life on the Autism Spectrum. His passion in life is to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and to help the world understand how the mind of a person on the autism spectrum works.
Find out more about Aaron and his book.Read an excerpt from the book at the bottom of this post.
Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger’s Syndrome
Finding Kansas: The Situational Handicap
Some people who know me and know that I have Asperger’s think that there’s nothing wrong with me. These people, however, only see me in certain situations and have no idea how paralyzed I can be in some situations. This can be very aggravating because I know something isn’t perfect with me, but when I hear such remarks as, “Oh, you’re fine,” or “I can’t see how you have that at all,” it really bothers me.
To make a good example, let’s say a person is paralyzed. However, for reasons unknown, this person is perfectly fine anytime they are in the state of Kansas. If you saw this person while in Kansas you’d flat out tell them, “Hey, you’re not paralyzed!” At the time this comment would be true, but to the person, they know that the second they leave the state they are paralyzed again.
Now this person, knowing the magic of Kansas, would probably sell his home in whatever state he’s in and move to Kansas so he would not be paralyzed. This is exactly how I try to be in life in regards to finding my Kansas.]]>