Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome is a developmental disorder that is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms:
  • difficulty socializing or communicating effectively with others
  • difficulty taking another's perspective (including empathy)
  • difficulty "reading" other people or understanding nonverbal communication
  • tendency to see parts over the whole; an obsession with a one or two topics or hobbies to the exclusion of others
  • tendency to interpret things literally
  • clumsy or uncoordinated motor movements
Some typical personality types for a person with Asperger's are:
  1. Aloof - shows a desires to be alone
  2. Passive - will join in if asked, and may actually enjoy activity once involved
  3. Active but odd - aggressively seeks out others and may not follow social/nonverbal cues
  4. Stilted - may be very developed in one area, such as sophisticated language, but not in others
Without diagnosis or understanding of the disorder, it can be difficult for people with Asperger's to connect with others. The book Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison gives an excellent inside perspective on one person's amazing life experiences, both before and after actually learning about Asperger's Syndrome. Robison also has a blog where he writes about "books, Asperger's, autism, and life." Maybe, if we're lucky, Robison will write a guest post for the ETD blog one day!

Check back next Tuesday for a follow-up post by Outreach Director Jessica Mondres, including resources to help people with Asperger's Syndrome.

~ Oriana at Erasing the Distance

2 comments:

  1. I watched part 1 of "This Emotional Life." One section featured Jason Ross & his experience with Asperger's. He has a blog too - at http://drivemomcrazy.com/

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  2. It’s a very good post to know some details about Aspergers Syndrome. It helps so many people to know the symptoms of this syndrome. Aspergers symdrome children will occasionally show pretty insensible of other people's feelings. They don't signify to be insensitive but they lack the social skills to have or show understanding to others. They will frequently appear unconcerned in the interests of others also and will only be interested in their own knowledge or interests which may also make them seem to be insensitive to other people's needs.

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