Asperger’s Syndrome Explained
In modern diagnosis, Asperger Syndrome is classified under the umbrella of ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and no longer used as a stand-alone diagnosis.
Autism exists on a spectrum; this denotes that there are many ways in which autism can present in individuals. Asperger’s Syndrome differs from other ASDs in that, even though people with Asperger’s may require help with social interaction, they typically have the same verbal and intellectual skills as neurotypical individuals (those with typical neurological development or functioning). Furthermore, there are many professionals ready to help guide and coach people with Asperger’s and their close ones so that they can navigate through their lives and careers!
Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome experience the world in a different way than neurotypical people. This disorder can often be identified by specific, shared characteristics such as:
- Differences in communication.
- Social interaction.
- Unusual mannerisms.
- Repetitive behaviors and interests.
Because individuals with Asperger’s have a hard time interpreting others’ body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice, they often find it difficult to participate in social interactions. Even though they don’t have language barriers, they might have trouble recognizing elements such as sarcasm, jokes, or abstract concepts. Additionally, they often use language in a formal way, have difficulties maintaining an interpersonal conversation, and don’t always notice changes in topic.
Having trouble reading other people’s feelings and expressing emotions are two of the main indicators of Asperger’s Syndrome. As a consequence, understanding others and relating to them can be challenging.
These differences can often lead to misinterpretation. Unfortunately, it is a common belief that people with Asperger’s lack empathy or emotion. In fact, they often have trace create develop deep feelings and great empathy but have different ways of expressing it than neurotypical individuals.
Making friends, going to work, and interacting with family members can be a great source of anxiety for individuals with Asperger’s. Social interaction of any kind can feel frustrating and exhausting. Nevertheless, it can be improved with help from a life coach who will trace a roadmap to ensure a successful future.
Even though this is not a required standard for Asperger’s diagnosis, delays in motor skills development are frequently found in individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome. Therefore, it is common for them to have peculiar mannerisms such as unusual posture, a rigid walk or issues with visual-motor coordination.
Repetitive Behaviors and Interests
Individuals with Asperger’s often develop a fixation for very narrow topics; specific animal species, maps, and bus schedules are a few examples. They retain vast amounts of information on their subject of interest and can talk about it for hours on end.
Rigid routines are a very important part of daily life for people with Asperger’s. Changes in their established routine can be a cause of distress and anxiety for them. Having enough time to mentally prepare for potential changes is the best way to avoid uneasiness.
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