Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) differs from other autism spectrum disorder by its:
- later onset
- relatively well preserved language and cognitive development.
- the disorder manifestation can range from mild to severe.
While language development appears normal, individuals with Asperger’s tend to have significant difficulties in social interaction, communication, an inability to make friends, impaired emotional intonation and gesturing, pedantic monologues and the appearance of having a lack of empathy with others. Coupled with a restricted repertoire of interests e.g. rail and air time tables and repetitive patterns of behaviour.
Hence, those with Asperger’s Syndrome are often viewed as eccentric or odd which is due to their
“high degree of functionality” and can easily become victims of teasing and bullying. The exact cause of
Asperger’s Syndrome is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic basis and yet brain imaging techniques have not identified a clear common pathology.
What we do know is that the main features of Asperger’s Syndrome disorder become obvious during early childhood remain constant throughout life, although adaptation and degree of actual disability vary.
Asperger’s Syndrome is rarely recognised before the age of three and is more common in boys than in girls.
There is no magic bullet or quick fix and interventions are aimed at improving symptoms and function.
The mainstay of management is behavioural therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness. Most individuals improve over time, but difficulties with communication, social adjustment and independent living, can and often do continue into adulthood.
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