What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is seen as a complex brain disorder and part of the Autistic Spectrum. Generally people with AS have an IQ within the normal range but may have poor social and communication skills. Asperger Syndrome was only confirmed as a distinct Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the early 1990’s and a number of professionals and member of the public may have a limited understanding of the syndrome.
- Having AS does not mean that a person is any less intelligent that the
next person. Many studies show that people with AS often
have above average intelligence in specific areas
- With the proper support people with AS can lead full and productive lives.
Some common characteristics can be: lack of empathy, may have an inability to form relationships, conduct one-sided conversations, can be clumsy and may develop an intense interest with a special subject.
Lots of symptoms are connected with AS and just like everyone no two people are alike, so not everyone will have all of the symptoms or the same combination of symptoms. But people with Asperger Syndrome will experience difficulties in developing their social, communication and emotional skills.
- Social Interaction can be difficult with Individuals having problems interacting and they may seem quiet, act inappropriately or seem naive some may be considered loners.
- Communication may cause problems with some finding difficulty in understanding double meaning language and interpret things literally. AS individuals may require visual written backups and prompts .
- Imagination AS individuals maybe rigid thinkers and rely on timetables
and routines. They may have problems with concepts that aren’t black and white
Assessments can be arranged through your GP or the your Local Health Centre. You will be referred to the local Disability or Mental Health Team . You can be referred to multidisciplinary team with includes: psychologist, speech and language, occupational therapy or medical professionals. These people will complete a comprehensive assessment and generate a report which can be used to access services and supports needed by the child or adult. Sometimes waiting lists are very long and parents choose to look for the assessment to be completed privately. However some services may look for a publicly generated report so be mindful of this.
AS individuals have many skills and qualities.
- Dependable – people with AS love routine and are punctual, reliable and dependable.
- Commitment – they are loyal and hardworking. Always great qualities to have in a friend and employee.
- Specialist knowledge – AS individuals may have a high knowledge in specialist areas which may be especially beneficial for an employer.
- Recall – AS individual can have good recall with facts and figures and a memory for detail.
- Concentration – good concentration for tasks that others find boring or repetitive.
- Logical thinkers – very skilled at logical problem solving.
The outline above is not a complete source of information about Asperger’s Syndrome but gives you an introduction. If you suspect your child has AS please contact your GP or Health Visitor they will help you get the assessments you need.
How can we help?
We offer counselling and advice to parents of children diagnosed with AS. We understand fully what it is like to have a child diagnosed with a disability as we have experienced this ourselves. If you need support and advice please call us for an appointment on 089 4373641
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