First meeting of our new Asperger group

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A support group for local people who have – or suspect they have – Asperger syndrome will meet for the first time this week.

It will meet on the first Friday of each month starting on November 4 from noon until 1.30pm at Halifax Central Library in the meeting rooms downstairs.

It plans to have guest speakers, discussions about coping strategies and social events.

A separate group for partners of people with Asperger will meet at the same time and place.

Martin Roe set up the group with the help of his wife Anna.

He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in April after a long period of uncertainty.

He said: “I suspected I had bipolar disorder at first, but that didn’t quite fit.

“I had also been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 2006, which explained some of my symptoms.”

Then Martin and Anna read up on Asperger syndrome on the internet and found it described Martin very well.

To meet others like them, the pair have now set up the support groups in Halifax for people with a diagnosis or suspicions they may have Asperger syndrome.

The condition’s traits include difficulties in understanding how others think and feel, difficulties planning and coping with change, having restricted interests and limited social relationships.

Awareness of autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome, in children has been increasing in recent years.

Now a growing number of adults are realising that they have traits of Asperger syndrome that were never diagnosed in childhood.

People with Asperger syndrome are usually also of average or above average intelligence.

With the right support and encouragement, people with Asperger syndrome can lead full and independent lives.

For more details on the support group contact Dawn Collins at Calderdale Council on 01422 393966 or dawn.collins@calderdale.gov.uk