A Week in the Life: Chapter 1, Gillian Quigley

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Week in the Life: GIllian Quigley

I’m in my own little world… I’m living in this one, but I’m experiencing something very different from what everyone else might be thinking, or experiencing.

– Gillian Quigley, aspie-girl

Imagine you find a pocket watch on the ground. You reach down to pick it up, but you can’t help but notice the scuffing on the glass. You think to yourself, “this watch is broken.” You inspect it further. It appears the hands are moving, but you can’t make out the time through the scuff marks. It is ticking, but to what end?  Again, you think to yourself, “this watch is broken.” You place the watch back on the ground and you walk away, hearing the faint and fading ticking of moving hands, thinking to yourself, “that watch is broken.” It remains there, neglected, keeping the time perfectly.

This is how the brain often works; it is deficit-focused and discriminatory. Accurately or not, it rapidly analyzes and appraises what we experience, whether it be a scuffed-up pocket watch or an awkward teen, and does so based on what we’ve learned to be true or “normal.” Unfortunately, by relying too much on these preconceived stereotypes, we tend to ignore the strengths and potential in people, and fail to understand how truly exceptional they are. This is especially true when it comes to children diagnosed with Asperger’s (i.e., a high-functioning form of autism that limits social functioning), who are often ridiculed and neglected by their peers. So how do we go about solving this problem? What should we do? We should care, connect and listen.

Join us in a Week in the Life of Gillian Quigley, an exceptional aspie-girl, as she shares with us her unique thoughts and experiences at her home and school. Learn about her struggles and successes. Learn about her strengths. Get to know Gillian and gain a better understanding of what make her (and other aspies) tick.

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