"Praise for City Asperger's Team"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Intellectual Developmental Disabilities /Learning Disability Services – Community (City)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

The following thank you letter was received from a former client of the Asperger Service:

I am writing to you today because it is exactly one year today since I received my diagnosis from you, and I would like to tell you what a difference the diagnosis has made to my life.

Now I have a name for the things that make me different. I see I'm not so unuusal at all when looked at as a person with Asperger's. This has given me a lot of confidence to be exactly who I am and not a socially modified version. In turn I have faced which friends, places and experiences are healthy and fulfilling in every sense of the word.

I found an excellent booked agimed at children but very good for both explaining Asperger's to friends and for reaffirming a sense of self - it is 'Inside Asperger's Looking Out' by Kathy Hoopmann.

I have moved house to live inthe same village as my family and by being just myself I have gained new neighbours who are accepting of my 'little oddities', such as toting a teddy bear around!

Since 'allowing' myself to have needs and limitations, as well as strengths, my mental health has improved to the point of discharge from psychiatric services.

I have never felt so safe and complete in my adult life, and I thank you for the diagnosis that gave me the confidene to embrace and realise this version of myself.

Many thanks again for the big difference you have made.

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Response from Heidi Keeling, Lead Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Nottingham City Asperger Service, Nottinghamshire healthcare

At Nottingham City Asperger Service we appreciate feedback like this. We realise some people struggle around identity and living with a life long condition. The service user has embrased 'being different' as a result of having Asperger Syndrome and in turn her social world have accepted her for who she is too. It makes our world a better place to accept Autism spectrum conditions as another facet of our lives.

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