Welcome to our Asperger’s Syndrome blog. We like to encourage and invite people with Asperger’s Syndrome to share their own experiences and blog about it. Below is information about the disorder guided by frequently asked questions.
What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s syndrome is a disorder that is classified as a part of autism and Sensory Integration Disorders. It involves developmental issues that affect how the brain processes information, with sufferers mainly having difficulty with social interaction as well as displaying restricted and repeated behaviour. Founder of the syndrome, pediatrician Hans Asperger, described Aspergers children in his practice lacking non-verbal communication skills, showing limited empathy with peers and were physically clumsy.
What causes Asperger’s syndrome?
The direct or specific cause of Asperger’s is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of genetics.
Who can get Asperger’s Syndrome?
While the cause is unknown, those with Asperger’s are able to be recognised/diagnosed as children due to a collection of symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome?
People with Asperger’s syndrome demonstrate a range of strengths, weaknesses, skills and difficulties.
Common characteristics include:
- Difficulty in forming friendships
- Difficulty in communicating, for example inability to start or maintain a conversation and take turns talking.
- Inability to understand social rules and body language
- Pre-occupied with only one or few interests, which they may be very knowledgeable about. Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are overly interested in unusual or complex activities, such as drawing highly detailed scenes, designing houses, or studying astronomy.
- Some talk a lot, usually about a favourite subject. They can also have one-sided conversations and say thoughts out loud.
- Delayed motor development, for example in learning to use cutlery, ride a bike, or catch a ball.
- Sensitivity and over-stimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures.
- Trouble with social situations
Most symptoms persist through the teen years. While teens can begin to learn the social skills they lack, communication often remains difficult.
Is there treatment for Asperger’s Syndrome?
There is no single identified treatment for the disorder but there are targeted managements, therapies and interventions. Most techniques manage distressing symptoms and teach age-appropriate social, communication and occupational skills that are not naturally acquired during development.
Core management is behavioral therapy, which focuses on the specific deficits or symptoms of the individual and addresses their poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness. Most children improve as they mature to adulthood, but social and communication difficulties may persist.
How does Asperger’s Syndrome affect one’s life?
Aside from the obvious symptoms of suffering from poor social skills, people with Asperger’s are just that; human beings. While they may also have difficulty with lighting, be very emotional and have difficulty reading others, this does not stop them from carrying on with their everyday, healthy lives. Aspergers Adults can also have much to offer from their high knowledge in subjects that can be fascinating to others.
So if you have any further questions or would like to share some information, please don’t hesitate.