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What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autism affects individuals in different ways, but general symptoms include impairments in speech or communication skills that are usually recognizable from an early age.
- Individuals with autism sometimes lack interests in developing relationships with their peers as well, and can sometimes lack the desire to engage in make-believe play.
- The disorder can impact the individual’s motor skills as well, and those affected are typically less likely to make eye contact and may have a fixation on specific parts of objects.
How is it Different from Classic Autism?
Difference between Asperger and Classic Autism
- Those with autism do not attempt to create relationships, children with Asperger's syndrome attempt to have interactions with others, though they may have difficulty understanding conventional social rules.
- Asperger's syndrome does not usually affect language and communication skills as severely as classic autism. In fact, those with Asperger's typically have a good handle on language skills without a speech delay.
Difficulty in assessing other’s feelings and “reading” other people In addition, Individuals with Asperger's disorder often exhibit a very low frustration tolerance, an inability to modulate their own emotions, and difficulty interpreting the emotions of those around them.
Autistic children sometimes express their emotions through aggressive behavior towards others. Sometimes their aggressive behavior can be directed towards themselves. This is called self-injurious behavior. They might hit, kick, throw objects or hurt themselves.
Individuals with Asperger's often display an odd or uneven gait when walking or running, trouble with ball skills, difficulty with balance, poor handwriting skills, and difficulty imitating or mirroring others’ postures, gestures, or movements.
While we know that Asperger's and depression tend to co-occur, it can be hard to diagnose depression in someone with Asperger's because of an overlap of symptoms. For example, a person with Asperger's may have flat affect, meaning that they appear to be sad or down.
The difficulty of a child having an atypical sense of humor is that they are less likely to draw others to them through this medium. This is especially the case during the teen years, when peers are often very unaccepting of difference. Difficulties perceiving humor can create a feeling of marginalization in students when they are surrounded by laughing peers who got the joke.
People may appear clumsy as they are always bumping into people and objects due to an inability to understand their place in relation to what is around them.
Being sensitive to noise, touch, odor, or tastes is another one of the symptoms of Asperger Syndrome
It's challenging for people with Asperger's to show gestures, and they often tend to show meaningless gestures.
Professionals currently surmise that at least one in every 250 people has an Asperger profile.
The latest report found that autism rates varied greatly throughout the United States. California had the highest incidence rate, with 1 in 26 8-year-olds receiving a diagnosis.
Colleges for Students
on the Autism
It is estimated that 10-14% of current college students have Autism Spectrum Disorder. In numbers, that’s 1.8 million to 2.6 million college students on the Autism Spectrum, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And with current numbers from the Center for Disease Control suggesting that 1 in every 59 children are now diagnosed with autism, those numbers are set to increase in the very near future. That’s why it’s more important than ever for colleges and universities across the country to adapt, and to provide students on the Autism Spectrum with the support, facilities, and perhaps most importantly, the opportunities needed to succeed READ MORE.
The exact cause unknown. The condition is attributed to:
- Genetics – the condition is associated with genetic disorders such as Fragile X syndrome
- Abnormalities in brain function
- Prenatal complications and exposure to environmental toxins and chemicals, especially during pregnancy, may also contribute to the development of the disorder
Risk factors include:
- Gender: more common among men
- Born to older parents
Asperger’s, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but differs from other ASDs by relatively unimpaired language and intelligence.The syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger, who, in 1944, described children in his care who struggled to form friendships, did not understand others’ gestures or feelings, engaged in one-sided conversations about their favorite interests, and were clumsy. The Syndrome is no longer an official diagnosis. READ MORE.
Medical therapy is not very effective in treating the condition. Behavioral and educational interventions can help manage the condition successfully.
Therapies: Social skills training · Speech and language therapy · Cognitive behavior therapy and more
Tips for Parents of
Teens with Asperger's Syndrome
I am not an expert on parenting a teen with AS — and every teen is different. Still, I’d like to offer other parents the gist of what I’ve learned from being a parent myself, from my colleagues at AANE, and from the many other parents I have spoken with by phone, via e-mail, or at the support group meetings I’ve facilitated. Please consider this article just another contribution to our community dialogue; feedback is welcome! READ MORE
Growing up with Asperger Syndrome wasn’t easy for me during my early days in school.
I was always told by my parents you can do anything you put your mind to. Taking landscape photography put me in a place where there was beauty, peace and quiet. I enjoy letting people see things and places that they may never get to see for themselves. Now I am an award winning photographer with the Professional Photographers of America and a new member of the Professional Photographers of Tallahassee, Florida.
As a new resident of Tallahassee, Florida, I am enjoying the arts of the city and hope to contribute and be part of the cultural art scene of the city.
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