Thursday, July 29, 2010

General Characteristics of a Person with Asperger’s Syndrome

Children and aduls diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome often struggle socially, but those individuals can become sucessful adults, too!

*Often struggle with social skills. Tend to want to be social but unsure of how to establish friendships. May “misread” socialization cues, protocols, and motivations.

*Language develops normally, but individuals may struggle with conversation and typical communication. May have difficulty with nuance and abstract meanings

*May fixate on certain topics or areas of interest, with difficulty shifting topics. Can tend to dominate the conversation with their own topics of interest. Often has a superior intellect with a penchant for the smallest, most obscure details

*May show inflexibility or repetitive patterns, with difficulty shifting tasks or attention.

*Sometimes has a higher rate of associated issues including ADHD, Seizure Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar, OCD, LD, Tourette’s

*Sometimes medicated for associated illnesses like those mentioned above

Communication and socialization skills that often come naturally to some people will likely need to be taught to someone diagnosed with Asperger's.

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