What is Asperger's?
Asperger's is a specific form of Autism that cripples a person socially. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. People who suffer from Asperger's typically struggle a lot with communication. There are changes that occur in the brain, but it's still unknown what triggers these changes. Viruses and chemicals are possible factors.
How does it affect the body and mind?
It heavily affects how a person sees the world and their understanding of it. It also affects how they interact and relate to people. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Asperger's; however, those with the syndrome can take treatments to cope with it and they are usually able to live normal and successful lives.
What adaptions to the environment can be made to help those with Asperger's?
Those suffering from Asperger's have a strong need for appreciation and being useful. They need to be spoken to slowly and precisely. Some changes that could be made to help would be, first of all, people being humane and compassionate towards each other. Everyone needs to stop taking each other for granted, therefore, creating a positive atmosphere.
What recent strides have been made?
Asperger's, for a long time, was thought to be its own distinct syndrome, but recently more research was found. Scientists realized that Asperger's is just a specific form of Autism and is not actually it's own syndrome.
An interesting fact about Asperger's
One interesting fact is that those with Asperger's are usually normal people with average intelligence, unlike typical Autism, which almost always affects a person's intelligence. It's solely a social impairment that disconnects people from the world around them. It's almost impossible to tell that someone has Asperger's just by encountering them and speaking to them.