ST. LOUIS (AP)- Aaron Likens says living with a form of autism “is like running hurdles and not jumping.”

The St. Louis-area man has written a book about his life with Asperger’s syndrome, “Finding Kansas.”

Likens told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was almost grateful nine years ago when he was diagnosed, finally getting an answer as to why his life had been hampered by blurred confusion.

Likens recently spoke at Lutheran High School South in suburban St. Louis, offering insight into the mind of someone with Asperger’s. Among the 100 in attendance was 24-year-old Jeff Gans of De Soto, who has Asperger’s. Gans found comfort and reaffirmation in what Likens’ had to say.

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