Introduction To Aspergers
Asperger's Syndrome is a term that is used for a child or an
adult that has some features of autism but does not have the actual
disorder. Some who have Asperger's are very successful and some
even go through most of their lives without even realizing they
have it. But as time goes by, there is a lot more success in detecting
it early. It is harder to diagnose in a lot of people because
there are different severities of Asperger's. Some with this affliction
are found to be brilliant, absent minded, eccentric, socially
enept, sarcastic, and sometimes negative, there are a lot more
symptoms of this disorder which makes it much harder to detect
without a diagnosis from a professional.
Even though the criteria state no significant delay in the development
of the field of knowledge in language, you might see one who has
Asperger's speak in a different manner or language, one they find
more comfortable. A child may have a wonderful vocabulary but
have poor reading and comprehension skills. Some read but aren't
really sure what they are reading at times...because some may
have a problem with the normal reading of language in itself.
Some also have a problem with dealing with actual facts, and occurences.
Social understandings may also be found to be complex and the
person may tend to be weak, and the motor system can be reflected
in the tendency to come off as "clumsy."
In a socially interactive situation, many people who have Asperger's
have problems when it comes to keeping eye contact with a person
they are talking to. For example, they may say hello to you and
then look away in another direction, and you may get the idea
that they are not talking to you, that maybe they are talking
to someone else, this is what is known as a "gaze avoidance."
Children with these problems seem to enjoy and even desire interaction
with other people, but they have problems trying to figure out
how to go about doing so. But these same children and adults can
learn social skills, like you and I learn how to ride a bike,
or play a musical instrument. Some who have Aspergers have a hard
time breaking off from one thing to move to something else, for
instance, repetitive behavior is a characteristic in both Aspergers
and Autism. They feel more comfortable doing things they have
always done, rather than exploring new things.
it is said that the general impression of some that has Asperger's
has a tendency to become preoccupied with one particular subject
and engulf themselves in it to the point that it becomes part
of their lives, and some are lucky enough to bring the knowledge
of these subjects into their adult lives, and find a way to make
a career from it and become successful. When people who have Asperger's
are young, they tend to become angry at a change of routine and
become a big apprehensive at things like unexpected trips, and
doing things they do not normally do. At younger ages, one might
see the child being a bit more rigid and apprehensive about changes
or about adhering to routines. They experience what some might
refer to as "obsessions" although what they are feeling
and obsessions are not the same.
Many of these problems can be aimed at through specific types
of therapies through teaching skills for socializing and helping
them to understand facts and occurences. The anxiety that builds
and leads to extreme measures can also be treated through thereapy
and maybe even medication to help with coping. Even though it
is harder for people who have Aspergers to develop these skills,
they can live normal and happy lives with family.
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