Asperger Syndrome Details
Asperger syndrome details are of the most interest to me because that is the diagnoses for my son. Asperger's is commonly called high functioning autism. The features are similar to classic autism with fewer language delays and less severe social issues.
The social interaction difficulties and impairments are related to restricted, repetitive, stereotype behaviors. People with Asperger's can be socially awkward, may not understand conventional social rules, and misunderstand other's body language.
The popular list of Asperger syndrome details includes limited eye contact, appearace of being unengaged in conversations around them and not able to understand the use of gestures. They are considered by others to be "socially inept," "weird," "nerds," "bizarre," "eccentric," etc.
As long as a child or individual seems "different" or "odd", has a thought process that doesn't fit the way everyone else thinks, and shows some of the required autistic characteristics, their behavior should be checked against the available Asperger syndrome details.
Asperger sydrome details people don't usually know is that these individuals normally have average or above-average intelligence. They may do very well academically, have a superior memory for "unimportant" details, such as the birth dates of all baseball players, some historical or geographical trivia, yet they may lack the skills to care for themselves and live independently. The "amount" of memory of these individuals is incredible and one may expect different degrees of impairments with Asperger syndrome.
Many people with this condition remain undiagnosed because of their ability to compensate with their memory or excellent academic abilities. They may have an exceptional talent or skill with which they are preoccupied.
This form of autism affects language less than classic autism, yet there are difficulties with appropriate speech and communicative development. Children may or may not have language delays.
In fact, speech and diction can be unusually precise in some individuals. Some may be unusually adept at wordplay and use language in inventive ways.
Lack of empathy
These individuals may appear to lack empathy, may talk repetitively about a certain topic without understanding that it may be boring to others. They don't pick up social cues from others.
However, what is displayed to others and what an Aspergers individual feels may be two very different things. My son is very sensitive and aware of people around him. He may respond inappropriately to some situations, but he is very caring toward people.
Some people with Aspergers may have problems with coordination and sports activities. Others don't experience this problem. Many, however, participate in "stimming". Stimming is, enjoying a repetitive physical activity such as rocking, throwing a ball against a wall repeatedly, switching lights on and off, clicking just anything. All of these are irritating and odd activities to those around them, however, the activity is probably relaxing to the person doing it.
They may have the ability to focus intensely and for long periods on a difficult problem. There is often an enhanced learning ability, although this may not be applied to subjects they are uninterested in. They often present minimal problems in a supportive educational institution and usually do well academically if they can be stimulated by good teachers.
People with Asperger's often have intense and deep knowledge of an obscure or difficult subject and have a passion for pursuing it in an organized and scholarly manner.
They are usually intelligent, gifted, honest, hard workers when interested in a task and excellent problem solvers. People with Aspergers tend to become excellent scientists and engineers or enter other professions where painstaking, methodical analysis is required.
However, the Asperger syndrome details known the best is an inability to stay focused (that would be on something of no interest) and an inability to comprehend complicated verbal or written instructions.
A typical example of a child with Asperger's syndrome would be that of a child who has some odd behaviors, poor eye contact, "sluggish" social interaction abilities, and an extreme interest in a central topic such as a washing machine.
The child likes to sit and watch the washing machine door rotate, knows everything about it including its operative and professional manual and may spend hours talking about it. Such a child, when he has a play date, may try to involve his "friend" in his most exciting interest (the washing machine) without realizing how boring it is to others. As a result, that will be the end of the play dates with that friend.
This pattern may present itself in different degrees and circumstances, but the principle is the same: the lack of the ability to understand how other people perceive what you do, say, or express with body language and facial expressions.
Asperger’s is often not recognized easily or early, and may be misdiagnosed as Tourette’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. As with autism, the disorder is lifelong and no complete cure is known.
Asperger’s disorder may be the largest type on the autism spectrum, affecting 35 in every 10,000 people. If you suspect your child may be affected after reading through these Asperger syndrome details, check through more of this website and your pediatrician.
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