Asperger Syndrome

A Form of Autism

What is Asperger's?

Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that directly impacts a persons ability to interact socially and communicate non verbally.


How Prevalent is Asperger's?

In 2012 it was reported that 1/88 children had ASD. It has been observed so far that approximately 1/50 children in the united states has an ASD this year. The percentage of individuals with ASD increased 600% between 1975 and 2009 alone.


What are the Symptoms of Asperger's?

  • Social awkwardness
  • Unusual or repetitive behavior
  • Ritualistic behavior such as O.C.D
  • Difficulty making eye contact and appropriately using facial expressions
  • Coordination


Lack of Research in the Field

Currently the causes of Asperger Syndrome is unknown. It is uncertain whether or not the disorder develops prenatal or during childhood. Researchers believe that the disorder is genetic and is potentially being passed down from generation to generation. It is impossible to definitively diagnose until approximately two years old, however symptoms can be detected earlier. Ultimately most of the research is speculation and proposed theories, there is very little conclusive information available. The one thing we are certain of, is that there is no known cure for Asperger Syndrome at this time.


Advantages of Having Asperger Syndrome

  • Excellent memory
  • Often times will extraordinarily high IQ
  • Better visual and auditory test performance
  • Abstract thinking and organization


SHELDON COOPER ASPERGER SYNDROME

References

Doi, H., Fujisawa, T. X., Kanai, C., Ohta, H., Yokoi, H., Iwanami, A., & ... Shinohara, K. (2013). Recognition of facial expressions and prosodic cues with graded emotional intensities in adults with Asperger syndrome. Journal Of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 43(9), 2099-2113. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1760-8


Berk, L. (2010). Development through the lifespan. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.