This painting is part of a mammoth
artistic journey to understand the inner world of
my son with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in
particular Aspergers Syndrome.
This has been my therapy, my saviour at times.
It has also been an invaluable tool for my children
and I to communicate and connect.
Much like crossed telephone lines, conversing with a child with Aspergers, ASD, often leads to miscommunication. They are unable to recognise facial expressions, body language, or speech patterns the way we do. They struggle to maintain eye contact, are easily distracted, have no coping mechanisms, are very literal, cannot read humour, slang, or colloquialisms, and find communicating with others wrought with anxiety, confusion, and misunderstandings. Some sufferers liken it to being in a foreign country where you do not speak the language.