Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects the way the brain processes information. People with Asperger Syndrome can be helped with support, regular routine, workout and medication. Asperger syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
What Is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects the way the brain processes information, outlines a person’s social, emotional, communication, and behavioral abilities. Asperger syndrome is usually easy to spot during childhood and is maintained throughout life with varying degrees of disability.
There is no cure for it. However, the skills of a person with Asperger syndrome can be improved by a combination of support, regular routine and therapeutic intervention.
Asperger syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This means that people with Asperger Syndrome can show a wide range of social behaviors and abilities, and we will not meet two people with the same characteristics. Some people will demonstrate skills that are largely the same as those of their colleagues, while others may have “strange” behaviors. Other people will appear different in a significant way towards their peers.
History of Asperger’s Syndrome
Asperger syndrome became a developmental disorder recognized in 1994. Prior to that, a person with Asperger’s Syndrome was considered either socially strange or unsociable. Some people have been misdiagnosed, having a mental disorder, or simply considered “weird.”
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome
Many of the behaviors of children with Asperger Syndrome are “normal” for young children if they happen from time to time. However, if they happen frequently, these behaviors may indicate Asperger Syndrome. The type of difficulty can be quite different for each child.
Children with Asperger Syndrome will have more behaviors that are similar to those seen in children with autism. However, those with Asperger Syndrome will have no delay in speech, have better basic linguistic skills, and will find themselves as being quite intelligent.
Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome
People with Asperger syndrome may have:
• Difficulties in finding friends.
• A preference for playing alone or with older children.
• Apparently good linguistic skills, but communication difficulties. Language can be considered to be very advanced. The person may be able to discuss a subject of interest but has difficulties with more practical tasks, such as storytelling, understanding a joke or sarcasm.
• Lack of appreciation that listening and speaking are part of the communication. For example, they can not allow their communication partner the opportunity to engage in conversation.
• A very literal understanding of what has been said.
• Inability to understand the rules of social behavior, the feelings of others and difficulty in “reading” the body language.
• The behavior varies from slightly unusual, eccentric or “odd” to rather aggressive and difficult.
• Imposes rules and rituals for all family members.
• They become angry and aggressive when things do not happen the way they want.
• Sensitivity to criticism.
• A limited spectrum of interests.
People with Asperger’s Syndrome can be very talented
Some people with Asperger syndrome are very talented in their area of interest and can enjoy quite significant academic and professional success. While strengths and abilities differ from one person to another, they may have:
• Average or above average intelligence.
• Expanded vocabulary.
• Expertise in their subject matter – although this can become difficult in social situations because they can only talk about a single subject.
• Excellent memory for their chosen topic of interest.
• Dedication and commitment to the workplace where they work in a supportive environment and their job is appropriate to their interests.
• The desire to perform at school or at work if they have a supportive environment.