adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) have a neurological difference that
is linked to differences in cognitive processing style, emotional
self-regulation, social interaction, and often sensory sensitivities
and/or motor coordination challenges.
(NT) people may misunderstand or react negatively to people with
AS because of differences in how they follow unwritten social rules
and respond to nonverbal
social cues (such as facial
expressions). In social
interactions, people with AS may avoid another person's gaze, miss important
cues in tone of voice or body language, and struggle with the social skills needed
in friendships and close relationships.
with AS often have special interests about which they are skilled or
young children, they may have had
rich vocabularies and enjoyed talking with adults. As adults, their strong
intellectual abilities and creative thinking can enable them to be successful in areas of science,
though others may view them as brilliant but somewhat
socially-awkward, absent-minded, or eccentric.
with AS may evidence a commitment to truth, logic and
facts. Sometimes, this may be expressed in a preference for routine
and rules, and others may view them as unduly rigid. They may
react negatively to unexpected changes. However, this behaviour is not
an attempt to be inflexible or obstinate, rather it is an attempt to
get a clear understanding and lower the anxiety of uncertainty of
"aspies" are very sensitive to sounds, smells, sights,
tastes, textures, or touch, and may prefer soft clothing or particular
foods, or be bothered by sounds that "neurotypicals" may not
social differences of AS children makes them
vulnerable to teasing and bullying. "Aspie" adolescents
often struggle with low self-esteem, depression, and/or anxiety when
they experience difficulties fitting in and
making friends among peers.
Syndrome is about 3-4 times more prevalent among
males, there are concerns that girls with AS can "hide".
Girls with AS may be "taken under the wing" of a protective
friend, and learn to copy the social actions of their peers (but with a slight
these neurological differences present challenges for "aspies"
in a world of "neurotypicals", they also represent areas of
strength. "Aspies" usually have a strong desire to
seek knowledge, truth and perfection, and utilize creativity and good
analytical thinking skills in problem-solving. In
relationships, "aspies" are loyal friends who are
honest and direct, with a unique sense of humor and with a commitment to social justice.
understanding and appreciation of their unique characteristics, along
with strategies and support to address challenges with social skills,
perfectionism / inflexibility, sensory difficulties, and / or anxiety,
can enable "aspies" to experience fulfilling lives and reach
their potential. The
first step on the journey is typically a diagnostic assessment, and
the identification and implementation of appropriate strategies and
a brief video describing someone's personal AS experience