Asperger's Syndrome

by Trey Munn

Some basic facts on Asperger's Syndrome

  • Asperger's Syndrome was first discovered in 1944
  • Physicians and doctors did not start diagnosing until the 1990's
  • A.S. is currently regarded as a very mild form of Autism, so it is on the Autism Spectrum.
  • Those with A.S. have an absence of language delays, unlike those with Autism.
  • They are also socially awkward
  • They tend to be borderline obsessive.
  • People with A.S. may not understand sarcasm or irony
  • Those with A.S. tend to have good language and cognitive skills.
  • A.S. is classified as a neurological disorder
  • Those with A.S. tend to be irrationally stubborn
  • Often under react/overreact to things affecting the senses.

Tie in with Colin Fischer

The book Colin Fischer is about a fourteen year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Colin struggles with the fact that he does not understand simple nuances in language like irony, sarcasm, etc,. Colin carries around cards with facial expressions to memorize emotions to read on people's faces. Colin has many symptoms that people with Asperger's Syndrome typically have, like stubbornness, lack of social grace, and obsessive interests.