Ultimately, my attempts at corresponding with her were thwarted because an extreme episode of anxiety made it difficult for her to focus.
Although a second interviewee with autism also expressed interest in working with me, he stopped responding to my emails.
Unlike classical autism which is usually detected by age three, Aspergers is often missed in early childhood.
The reason for the missed diagnosis is the fact that many children with Aspergers meet most early childhood developmental milestones, although some are late bloomers, and often have a large vocabulary.
Adult separation anxiety is much the same as the disorder as that faced by children; however, the primary caregiver can be any major attachment figure in the adults life.
Most often these attachment figures include spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, siblings and or friends.
Pregnant women are offered a screening test for Down's syndrome, Edwards' syndrome and Patau's syndrome from 10-14 weeks of pregnancy.
This is to assess your chance of having a baby with these conditions. Edwards' syndrome is also called Trisomy 18 or T18, and Patau's syndrome is also called Trisomy 13 or T13.
Conversely children who do not experience separation anxiety during their childhood still have the potential to develop this disorder during their adult years.
Mild Aspergers syndrome is sometimes difficult to diagnose.
Some mild cases are not diagnosed until later in childhood or even adulthood.
The screening test offered at 10-14 weeks is called the combined test. All women in England are offered screening for Down’s, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes using this test.
If you are too far into your pregnancy to have the combined test, you will be offered other tests.
Today, the plight of children often makes headline news, but no one talks about what happens to these children once they grow up.