One of the “symptoms” of Asperger’s is supposedly the “crime” of being clumsy.
But, is this true? That is, if someone is diagnosed Asperger, does it follow that his or her clumsiness, if it exists, is related to being Asperger? How many people who are supposedly normal, are indeed clumsy? And what are the boundaries that define clumsiness? How many times must one trip and fall, drop a pen, spill a cup of coffee, or fumble with keys in a given span of time to be labeled clumsy?
And even if one is clumsy, what is the true cause? It would seem obvious that a neurological work up would be the first point of departure, not some unverified and highly subjective pronouncement that if you’re Asperger and clumsy, it’s automatically got to be an Asperger problem. What if one is simply clumsy like any individual neurotypical may be clumsy?
After all, the segment of humans who are physically coordinated and spatially talented are called athletes. If all neurotypicals were perfect physical specimens, there wouldn’t be a class of elite professional athletes.
I call myself clumsy, but I’m 66 years old, need reading glasses and took medication of various types for 30 years, with warning labels about motor skills, dizziness, drowsiness, or worse. I’m lucky to still be able to walk and talk and drive. Childhood clumsiness, like running into objects, was explained in 2nd grade when our school provided vision screenings – I was terribly near-sighted.
Looking back, I can see that being clumsy has been episodic, rather than a consistent complaint.
A big source of “being clumsy” “losing things” “being forgetful” is that those preoccupied with thinking just don’t pay attention to our bodies, the immediate area around our bodies, and objects within that perimeter. Often, that can include people.