Aspergers Syndrome

by Lori Robinett

About Aspergers

  • Many people with Asperger's Syndrome are fairly talented in a variety of subjects. These subjects can include science, music, math, and writing.
  • Children with Asperger's Syndrome often develop mental conditions such as ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia.
  • Several people with Asperger's Syndrome have poor social skills, such as not being able to understand hand motions or facial expressions.
  • Often, social behavior needs to be taught for people with Asperger's, whereas a person without the disorder learns social behavior automatically.
  • Asperger's Syndrome, which is a part of the autism spectrum, affects the brain's information processing.
  • Children and even adults with Asperger's Syndrome often have meltdowns due to only being able to see snippets or parts of something instead of seeing the big picture.
  • Symptoms of Asperger's include aggression, (related to meltdowns) repeating words and/or actions, fidgeting, self-harm (related to aggression) and clumsiness due to poor motor skills.
  • While some people with Asperger's have poor social skills, their above-average intelligence makes up for the lack of not being able to socialize.
  • Making friends can be difficult with those effected by Asperger's Syndrome because they have a small range of interests and activities they enjoy.
  • Many individuals suffering from Asperger's Syndrome can only view the world in black in white terms, meaning something is, or something isn't; there is no in between.
THIS EMOTIONAL LIFE | Asperger's Syndrome / Loneliness | PBS

Reflect

I learned that while researchers don't exactly know what causes Asperger's Syndrome, they have inferred that it can be hereditary and can be associated with mental disorders like depression.