• What is Asperger's Syndrome?

    Also known as High Functioning Autism

    Asperger's Syndrome

    Asperger's Syndrome (AS), also known as High Functioning Autism, is a neurological disorder on the Autism Spectrum. Individuals with AS often have IQ's in the normal to superior range yet show weaknesses in social and communication skills. Individuals with AS often have narrow interests. During the school years, individuals with AS are often educated in the main stream classroom, but often require special education services. Individuals can be viewed by their peers as 'odd' and are often targeted for bullying and teasing. A diagnosis of AS should be made by a medical professional so that other diagnoses can be ruled out and appropriate interventions recommended.

    Characteristics of Asperger Syndrome:

    Below is a list of possible characteristics of someone with Asperger Syndrome:

    • Superior rote memory
    • Hyper-focus in an area of interest
    • Keeps to himself/herself when free to socialize with others (e.g. lunchtime)
    • Not interested in team sports or interactive games
    • Lacks pretend play involving other kids
    • Is not aware of unwritten rules of interaction (e.g. games with made-up rules are difficult)
    • Indifferent to peer pressure (e.g. clothing style)
    • Oversensitivity to sounds or skin contact (e.g. clothing tags)
    • Limited eye contact
    • Difficulty modulating voice (e.g. formal monotone, too loud)
    • Might show too much or too little emotional expression
    • Lacks ability to understand another's feelings or point of view
    • Uninterested in your side of the conversation (e.g. tends to lecture)
    • Interprets statements literally (e.g. misses jokes or sarcasm)
    • Expects others to automatically know how he/she thinks or feels
    • Makes inappropriate comments and is unaware of the impact on others
    • Often unaware of rules that others pick up naturally without being taught


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