Asperger's Syndrome

By: Kaley Farmer

What is Asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome is a persuasive development disorder. People who have it have normal to high intelligence and near-normal speech. It is similar to autism, but kids that have Asperger's function better than kids with autism. Usually, they have difficulty interacting with other people and are socially awkward.
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Treatment:

There is no known treatment for people with Asperger's syndrome. Most people with Asperger's go to therapy, it reduces bad behaviors and helps them generate functional abilities; for example, the daily basics, showering, eating, and getting ready for the day by themselves.

There are many types of therapies they could go to for example:

  1. Occupational Therapy (OT)

  2. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

  3. The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

  4. Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT)

  5. Verbal Behavior Therapy

  6. Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)

  7. Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication (TEACCH)

  8. Social Communication/ Emotional Regulation/ Transactional Support (SCERTS)

Parent training is another thing that you can do.

Characteristics of a person with Asperger's

A person with Asperger's have social difficulties where they cannot make friends easily. They are bright, talkative, knowledgeable, and have near-normal intelligence. There are some differences between Asperger's and Autism, children with Asperger's do not have speech or cognitive delays. In some people with Asperger's there is a lack of interactive play and of interest in peers.

Body system affected by Asperger's

There is no particular body system that Asperger’s affects. It is very common that people with Asperger’s are not very coordinated, their motor skills* are not average, and they could be clumsy. Everyone who has Asperger’s is different. The brain thinks differently than the average brain, usually people with Asperger’s think in pictures.

* Motor skills are:

  • Difficulty with handwriting or writing letters
  • Cannot copy correctly from the board
  • Loses place when reading, frequently
  • Skips math problems on a page
  • Bumps into others
  • May have poor posture, seated or standing
  • Difficulty organizing a desk or binder
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Signs and Symptoms

  • Their body language is unusual

  • They have focus on one subject and knows everything about it

  • They have a hard time making friends

  • They are usually socially awkward

  • Tend to be egocentric or self-absorbed

  • They do not understand sarcasm or humor

  • Eye contact, facial expressions, and gestures are hard for them to do

  • Routine changes are hard for them to take in

  • Repetitive body movements (i.e. rocking back and forth, fingers tapping)

  • Lack of interactive play

  • Lack of interest in peers

Prognosis

This syndrome is something you will have your whole life and it is not life threatening. When you have Asperger's it is difficult to be in a relationship and have social interaction, but, most people who have this get mainstream jobs when they are adults and are successful with it.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a person who has lived with Asperger's Syndrome since she was 4. Temple has changed the world, she is known for being a bestselling author, an autism activist, scientist, professor, memoirist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Grandin is an idol of many and an extremely bright person who has a lot of courage.
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Temple Grandin (Trailer)

Citations


  • Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

GRANDIN, T; PANEK, R. What's Right With the Autistic Mind. Time. 182, 15, 56, Oct. 7, 2013. ISSN: 0040781X.

"Asperger Syndrome: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 16 May 2012. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

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