what is asperger's syndrome?
- 1 decade agoFavourite answer
Asperger's Syndrome is a condition similar to autism, and may be characterized by:
- "peer relationships characterized by absolute loyalty and impeccable dependability,"
- "seeking an audience or friends capable of: enthusiasm for unique interests and topics,"
- "consideration of details; spending time discussing a topic that may not be of primary interest,"
- "interested primarily in significant contributions to conversation; preferring to avoid 'ritualistic small talk' or socially trivial statements and superficial conversation,"
- "seeking sincere, positive, genuine friends with an unassuming sense of humor,"
- "advanced vocabulary and interest in words,"
- "strong preference for detail over gestalt,"
- "exceptional memory and/or recall of details ... for example: names, dates, schedules, routines,"
- "avid perseverance in gathering and cataloging information on a topic of interest,"
- "focused desire to maintain order and accuracy,"
- "clarity of values/decision making unaltered by political or financial factors,"
- "acute sensitivity to specific sensory experiences and stimuli, for example: hearing, touch, vision, and/or smell,"
- "strength in individual sports and games, particularly those involving endurance or visual accuracy, including rowing, swimming, bowling, chess."Source(s): Source(s): Source: The Discovery of "Aspie" Criteria, By Carol Gray and Tony Attwood - http://www.thegraycenter.org/sectionsdetails.cfm?i... Other recommended resources include: "Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew" by Ellen Notbohm - http://www.southflorida.com/sfparenting/sfe-sfp-au... Website of Paula Kluth, Ph.D. - http://www.paulakluth.com/autism.html
- donlockwood36Lv 41 decade ago
asperger's syndrome is a form of autism, in which the patient has some of the classic symptoms of autism (inability to interact well with others, problems with focus and temperment), but also has an uncanny ability for memorization or mathematics. i knew a boy with asperger's sydrome who, when he was about 8, memorized almost every major city in the world. there are other stories of people who can almost instantly calculate complex math problems, or count how many dots on a ceiling in a matter of seconds. it's a pretty weird disease.Source(s): not my source, but here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger%27s
- 1 decade ago
Your question seems to be answered by stigmas more than answers. I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2003. I will answer you with my personal experience, not a textbook answer. I have the sensorary difficulties associated with autism (especially auditory), as well as social difficulty: the give and take of people, their emotions, use of ambiguous language. I will close in saying that anyone answering your question exploiting those with a disability is abusive and should be reported to Yahoo as such.Source(s): www.maapservices.org
- 1 decade ago
It is a neurological condition somewhere on the autism scale. Some children are severe, some are mild, but the main points of AS are:
- social interaction issues (difficulty reading facial expressions, not knowing what to say or talking obsessively about certain topics)
- wanting to have and maintain friendships, but not able to because of inappropriate behaviors.
Our son has AS and we've noticed that a lot of AS kids have certain obsessions - like trains, planes - things that move and are mechanical. Our child also quotes movies extremely accurately, from start to finish - and often at inappropriate times. AS children can function in society rather normally eventually, and you can't tell by looking at someone if they have AS or not (there are not any specific physical characteristics). It is not known how the pandemic of AS happened, although theories are floating around about thimerosol being added to vaccinations as a preservative and other types of exposure to mercury. It used to be one in 10,000 would have a form of autism, and now it's more like 1 in 668, so something happened to cause it. They removed Thimerosol from vaccinations several years ago, but the drug companies won't confirm or deny any connections.
Tony Atwood is generally believed to be one of the first experts in AS - and he has a book out. Other recommended reading "Pretending to be Normal", and there is now quite a large collection of autism/AS books at Barnes and Noble.
Hope this answered your question.
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- citalopramingLv 51 decade ago
My house mate has it, and the other people are right when they say its a form of autism. What I do know is that its a pain having to get details right and having to answer questions at 4 in the morning because they just thought of a question and are worried about it, Very little empathy
- emmabell22Lv 41 decade ago
A form of autism. Check out the book, "The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime" Its a kids book, but gives real insight also!
- otter7Lv 51 decade ago
It is an autistic syndrome. It's when something is wrong with your brain.
This may help:
You can't make eye contact, They only join something if someone insists and begs, and they don't read body language well.Source(s): MY friend recently did a report.
- 1 decade ago
aspergers is a form of autism very helpful page is www.info.autism.org.uk found it very helpful when i discovered my grandson has aspergers
- Neil the HatLv 51 decade ago
It's a bit like autism only less good at ripping off casinos. and more good at looking like a freak.
- gangadharan nairLv 71 decade ago
Please see the webpage for more deetails on Asperger syndrome.