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How to Recognize the Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome
The Discovery of Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger's Syndrome is named after Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician who studied mental disorders in children in the 1940s. During his studies he observed the behavior of four boys whom he found to be lacking in empathy, clumsy, absorbed in obsessions, and unable to form close friendships. Asperger described their condition as "autistic psychopathy" , but his work was largely unrecognized until recently.
Asperger's Syndrome: A Clinical Definition
According to MedicineNet.com, Asperger's Syndrome is "a pervasive development disorder that is characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially." Asperger's Syndrome affects different people in various ways, but these symptoms are typical of people with this condition:
- Inability to comprehend common social cues
- Physical clumsiness
- Flapping hands, or other "stimming" behaviors
- Inappropriate reactions to social behavior around them
- Problems controlling anger, fear, anxiety, or other strong negative emotions
- Moderate or high intelligence
- Inability to understand the point of view of others
- Rigid thinking
- Repetitive behavior
- A strong need for a very consistent routine
- High stress levels when that routine is disrupted
- Difficulty understanding idioms and figures of speech.
- Very literal thinking.
- Difficulty in engaging in casual conversation
- An obsessive interest in a particular hobby or activity
- Oversensitivity to light, sound and other sensory input
- Poor eye contact
People with Asperger's Syndrome differ from people who have been diagnosed as autistic because they do not have some of the more severe developmental delays. People who have Asperger's Syndrome may be capable of going to school and holding down a job, and some even marry and have children.
Discussion of Aspergers Symptoms by Dr. David Hill of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, N.C.
It's Not All Bad - Some Advantages to Having Asperger's Syndrome
- Absolute loyalty and dependability
- A tendency to avoid sexist and racist thinking
- Willingness to speak one's mind, regardless of peer pressure
- Excellent attention to detail
- More interest in meaningful discussion than in small talk.
- A desire for a smaller number of more meaningful friendships
- Fascination with puns and wordplay
- A hunger to find the truth
- An original approach to problem solving
- Extensive knowledge and expertise in one subject.
- Ability to sustain intense focus over a long period of time
- A gift for solving puzzles
Some Famous People Who are Believed to Have Asperger's Syndrome
In recent years there's been much speculation that mild forms of autism and Asperger's Syndrome can actually spur creativity and genius. There is much speculation that some of the world's most productive people have, or had, Asperger's or high-functioning autism. Most of the people on this list were not officially diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder, but historians and psychologist have often found clues to the condition in their habits, challenges and behaviors. From Wikipedia:
- Thomas Jefferson
- Bill Gates
- Albert Einstein
- Daryl Hannah
- Marie Curie
- Sir Isaac Newton
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Emily Dickinson
- Stanley Kubrick
- Nicola Tesla
The world's top expert on Asperger's Syndrome, Tony Attwood, has allowed a PDF of one of his most famous books to be available for free online.
Useful Hubs about Asperger's Syndrome
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