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What is Asperger Syndrome?

Asperger syndrome

It can be hard for children with Asperger syndrome to engage in everyday activities.

Asperger syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that is on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. The symptoms of Asperger syndrome ranges from mild to severe and share many of the same characteristics as other disorders on the autism spectrum. But what is Asperger syndrome and how can it affect an individual living with this disorder? Let’s take a look.

What is Asperger Syndrome?

Individuals with Asperger syndrome usually have a normal to a superior range of IQ but lack social and communication skills. These individuals are usually educated in the mainstream population but many individuals require special education services. These individuals are often seen as “odd” due to their lack of social skills. So what are the characteristics of Asperger syndrome?

The Characteristics

While each person is different, many of these individuals may experience the same characteristics. These characteristics include:
  • Marked impairment in the use of nonverbal behaviors, such as eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures.
  • Inflexible when it comes to routines
  • Fascination with maps, globes, and routes
  • Superior memorization
  • Extreme difficulty in developing relationships with peers
  • Fascination with a particular subject to the exclusion of all others
  • Difficulty judging personal space
  • Clumsiness
  • Sensitivity to the environment, textures, odors, and loud noises
  • Difficulty with semantics, pragmatics, and prosody (like inflection, rhythm, and intonation)
  • Difficulty understanding feelings
  • Formal style of speaking
  • Extreme difficulty reading and interpreting social cues
  • Difficulty with conversations
  • Repetitive motor mannerisms
  • Socially and emotionally inappropriate responses
  • Extensive vocabulary.
Individuals with Asperger syndrome often have difficulties with social and communication skills but they are intelligent individuals who should not be overlooked.

Famous People with Asperger Syndrome

Many individuals with Asperger syndrome have gone on to do great things like Adam Young of Owl City and Satoshi Tajiri, creator and designer of Pokémon. Many people also suspect Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Austen, and Virginia Woolf of having the syndrome as well. With encouragement and some help from Family Service Foundation, your loved one will grow to be successful and happy. There are many different ways to help an individual with Asperger syndrome in your life. For more information on helping one, call Family Service Foundation today.

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