The first example I ever encountered was a 2009 movie called , which tries to show the inner life of a guy with Asperger syndrome, but ultimately just uses him to further the self-awareness of his love interest, the annoying protagonist Beth, who breaks up with him and uses their relationship to write a book about Asperger’s.
We’ve come a long way since then: Though a show like , it does show Sheldon Cooper, who has many of the traits associated with Asperger’s, with a job, friends, and a nice, steady girlfriend who’s almost as awkward as he is.
Instead of trains or outer space or bleach bottles, Sam thinks about Julia all the time.
When I was Sam’s age, I was always obsessed with some guy, usually a guy with great social skills who I thought was going to save me from myself.
Sam’s track-star sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) gently pokes fun at him in a way that teaches him how to do better.
I’ve only had a few friends in my life who could do that, and let me tell you, it feels a million times better to have someone laugh you about your weird moments instead of tiptoeing around them.
I remember the time I wrote a letter to a guy I hooked up with in my dorm three months later, folded it into a paper airplane, and slipped it under his door.
Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to Doug, that girl happens to be Sam’s therapist Julia, on whom he develops an inappropriate crush.I know a lot of people in the autism community don’t like Sam’s mom, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh).There is plenty of criticism in the #Actually Atypical tag on Twitter, where autistic viewers voice their thoughts about the show, criticizing Elsa and autism moms in general for making their kid’s autism all about themselves.But one thing it hasn’t done is taken much time to show how Sheldon feels about his own struggles., Netflix’s comedy about an autistic high schooler and his family, which—despite not involving any autistic writers, producers, or consultants—does a pretty good job of showing us who its protagonist is, what he wants, and how he goes about trying to get it.
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