I have spent a lot of time working with 'Aspies' (a term commonly used for by persons who have been gifted with Asperger's and Autism in referring to themselves). I have spent a lot of time with their parents, spouses, children as well. One of the most common misconceptions that "NT's" (those of us who are 'neurotypical') have is that Autism or Aspergers is a disability. One of the most common disappointments, or complaints, Aspies have is that NT's are trying to make them change who they are, as if they were somehow deficient. Unfortunately, that is a very dehumanizing view of people. Rather, any of us, whether we be NT's, or a person struggling with a different type of life problem (and who of us does not, this writer included!), need to understand that every person is an amazing creation, with limitless abilities, possibilities, talents, and gifts.
I choose to see and appreciate those gifts, nurture them, and bring them forth in each client. And I am blessed to learn from every person who I enter into a collaborative working relationship with.