Thank you for sharing about your Asperger’s syndrome. Thank you for sharing about yourself and your son. Your article resonated with my wife and I and helped us see our adult son more clearly.
He denies that he has any sort of autistic tendencies, but everyone around him seems to see otherwise. He appears to have blinders on . . . which is scary for those of us who love him dearly. If I may presume to ask, when did you first come to realize you had high IQ AS? What helped you realize that? Was it just getting older and more mature? Could you have seen it sooner, with help from anyone else? How do you separate your perhaps quirky tendencies as a person with a high IQ from those stemming from AS?
Our son has a very high IQ (160ish), and easily obtained a college degree with honors in literature and Spanish. But he changed dramatically in college. He came out very cynical and maybe even delusional. He claims he is a poet, but he only wrote one major poem in college, and never had it published (although it was awarded best senior writing piece).
Since graduating three years ago, he has been unwilling (or unable) to get a job and says he is just waiting for the next poem to come to him. He lives with his girlfriend, who is employed, with very few other close friends, which is precisely what you described in your article. So what appears to be missing is his ability or even willingness to accept he may have AS and to get a paying job, maybe one not using his high IQ capacities.
So . . . any advice for worried parents? Would love to hear from you! Thanks again for sharing your article with the world on line. That was a brave step in my view, and one I commend you on.