Are there any other student teachers with Asperger's? I feel like because I'm quite mild, I've managed to get by in life and keep under the radar until I decided to become a teacher and now everything is so stark and put to the forefront. Because I am unable to properly read the 'mood' of a classroom, I never approach them in the right way. Also, because I tend to take things either very literally or in black and white, it's lead to some issues. So for example, my university tutor told us it is important to be friendly, so I came in very friendly with a smile. Then my mentor told me that because the class have quite big personalities they can be quite manipulative so I should be more strict. So today, I came in strict and he said now I came across too strict. So my problem here is that I have little to no skills of assessing how I should behave and have to go off what other people tell me, but then I take it too extreme because I struggle with grey areas. I also don't understand some of the students' humour and was told that this would cause a lot of struggles for me, although I feel like I get on with them well as my brother and cousins are all teenagers so I know what teenagers are like etc. To be honest, all of this has taken a knock on my confidence and it has lead to my mind going blank or me not explaining things in the most coherent way despite the fact that I am confident in my subject knowledge. I was wondering if there is anyone going through something similar and if so, do you have any tips? I also feel that because I am a female and therefore I can be quite adept at hiding a lot of my traits, it might mean that I am not being taken seriously. Is this a concern for anyone?