There is nothing at all holistic about an approach that talks about making too much of the persons problems and keeping them in perspective. A high level of intelligence does not diminish the level of autism/Asperger syndrome. In fact sometimes it heightens it. If I and many other parents know this to be true why do so many professionals ignore it and try to make our children and adults fit into neurotypical boxes?From my own experience, I can say that I agree wholeheartedly with Carole in this sense: Many people with "high functioning autism" or Asperger syndrome have overwhelming sensory problems; accompanying mental illness (depression or biopolar disorder, for example); and/or extreme anxiety. These issues are very significant and very real - and can make daily life almost impossible with a good deal of support and intervention.
But are these issues - anxiety, depression, sensory issues - the same thing as autism? Or are they separate issues that occur for different reasons - perhaps as a result of having to navigate an often-incomprehensible world? At this point, none are part of the core diagnostic criteria. Even the experts are still on the fence regarding the question of whether anxiety, depression and other mental disorders are actually part and parcel of Asperger syndrome.
What's your understanding of this issue? Can a person be very high functioning and also "very autistic?" Or are some people with high functioning autism also suffering from separate - often severe - problems? And if a person with Asperger syndrome is, say, also anxious - should the anxiety be treated as part of the Asperger syndrome? Or should it be treated as a separate medical issue?