Being Articulate, Mature and the 2/3s ‘Rule’

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Do those of you with Autism and parenting find yourself not meeting the 2/3 rule? I’ve been attending a support group for parents with Asperger’s kids and for adults with Asperger’s. It has been stated more than once that maturity level of people with Asperger’s is 2/3 their chronological age. I’m 27 now, so I according to this rule should have the maturity of someone that’s 18.

Now, without a doubt, I have met people that meet this rule. I just find myself not. Then again, I don’t think it has anything to do with neurology. I know some people I went to college with that are still maturity wise at a 20 yr level. I attribute a lot of it to the fact that I have kids. My own instinct was to mature with the birth of each of my children. This does not hold true for everyone. Again, I know someone who has a child that doesn’t have maturity.

Also, does being articulate change your perceived maturity level? I was complimented that I am one of the most understandable of the ‘Aspies’ that attend this support group. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that I am raising Autistic children. So I can understand where the parents are coming from as well as the adults in the group. Have any of you witnessed this phenomenon? Especially those of you raising Autistic kids as well?

I think the 2/3 Rule is very subjective though. It really depends on the circumstances with your life.

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