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Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Asperger syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This means that people with Asperger syndrome can display a wide range of behaviours and social skills, and no two individuals will have the same set of characteristics.
Some people will demonstrate skills that are mostly in line with their peers, while others may present with ‘odd’ behaviours. Other people will appear to be significantly different from their peers.
Characteristics of Asperger syndrome:
People with Asperger syndrome may experience:Difficulty in forming friendships.
A preference for playing alone or with older children and adultsApparently good language skills, but difficulty with communication.
Language may be considered to be very advanced or ‘precocious’ when compared to their peers. The person may be able to talk extensively on a topic of interest, but have difficulty with more practical tasks such as recounting the day’s events, telling a story, or understanding jokes and sarcasm
A lack of appreciation that communication involves listening as well as talking. For instance, they may not allow their communication partner an opportunity to engage in the conversation
A very literal understanding of what has been said. For example, when asked to ‘get lost’ (go away) a person with Asperger syndrome will likely become confused and may literally try to ‘get lost’Inability to understand the rules of social behaviour, the feelings of others and difficulty ‘reading’ body language. For example, a person with Asperger syndrome may not understand that someone is showing that they are unhappy by frowning
Behaviour varies from mildly unusual, eccentric or ‘odd’, to quite aggressive and difficultHaving rules and rituals that they insist all family members follow
Anger and aggression when things do not happen as they wantSensitivity to criticism
A narrow field of interests. For example a person with Asperger syndrome may focus on learning all there is to know about cars, trains or computers.
People with Asperger syndrome can be very talented
Some people with Asperger syndrome are very talented in their chosen field of interest and may enjoy quite significant academic and vocational success.
While strengths and abilities differ from one to the next, a person with Asperger syndrome may have:Average or above-average intelligence
Extensive vocabulary – but many people have difficulty with the practical use of language
Expertise in their chosen topic of interest – although this can become difficult in social situations as they may only talk about one topicExcellent factual memory for their chosen topic of interest
Dedication and commitment to their job if they work in a supportive environment and their job is suited to their interests
The drive to perform well at school or work, if given a supportive and inclusive environment.
Asperger syndrome is not a disease
Asperger syndrome is not a disease or illness. A person does not catch it or recover from it. However, the effects often lessen as the person gets older and develops compensatory or coping skills.
Asperger syndrome is present from birth, but it can often go unnoticed (or undiagnosed) until the early school years. In some cases (particularly females with Asperger syndrome), a diagnosis may not be made until adolescence or even adulthood.
Things to rememberAsperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).People with Asperger syndrome view the world differently and have difficulty with social, emotional and communication skills. They are often seen as eccentric.There is no cure, but support, understanding, routine and training can assist.
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