What to know about disabilities
Asperger's Syndrome (All books in the series)
Asperger's Syndrome is part of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a neurological condition which affects the way a person communicates and relates to the world around them. ASD is often referred to as 'the Social Impairment triad' because people with Asperger's have three main challenges: social communication, social interaction and social imagination.
Anxiety (Book 5 - Alistair)
People and children with Asperger's find it hard to work out how to talk to people so don't know how to make friends. This makes them anxious.
Congenital Heart Disease (Book 3 - Susie)
This means that there is something wrong with the heart when you are born. In the case of Susie, she has a hole in the heart. This can cause her to get out of breath quickly, and she can't walk or run as fast as other children. If she does, like me, she can also get a pain in her side called a stitch.
Fainting (Book 2 - Charlie)
This has a name called vaso vagal syncope (vayso vaygal syn co pe). There is a nerve in the back of your neck called the vagus nerve. If a tear happens, then it can cause fainting. Getting excited, too hot, can both cause this to happen.
Kidney Infections (Book 6 - Erin)
Erin has been off school a lot with kidney infections, something I had as a child. It has its own name of Pyelonephritis (pye-lo-ne-phritis). It involves being continuously sick and can lead to kidney damage.
Sensory Overload (Book 4 - Qessa)
People with Asperger's Syndrome can often be over sensitive to the different senses. A certain smell eg perfume can become too strong, or a certain noise such as an alarm can seem too loud. In the case of Qessa, like me, she is over sensitive to loud noises.