Understanding Asperger’s

The causes of Asperger’s aren’t known, but it is generally characterized by a group of behaviors that may also seen in those with autistism. Understanding common traits makes it easier to relate to a child or adult with Asperger’s.

  • Asperger’s is characterized by difficulties with communication, social interaction and imagination. Each individual might experience a different level and type of difficulty.
  • People with Asperger’s may speak in an unusual manner. Their tone is sometimes flat and monotonous, and they may speak slowly.
  • Eye contact, facial expression and body language are often misunderstood. When engaged in a conversation, a person with Asperger’s could have trouble reading signs of impatience, boredom or frustration and keep talking. The person they are speaking to might have to end the conversation in a blunt or direct manner.
  • Children with Asperger’s often become interested in a certain topic or genre, and develops into an obsession. Common obsessions include computers, gaming, electronics, collecting, and household gadgets.
  • Frequently, people with Asperger’s misunderstand similes and metaphors. They tend to take things very literally and communication might need to be simple and direct.
  • Most people have an invisible barrier called “personal space”. They become uncomfortable if others invade this by standing too close to them. People with
  • Asperger’s are often unaware of this and may stand too close when engaged in conversation or standing in line.
  • Sensory problems are common in people with Asperger’s. Triggers might include loud noises, bells, sirens, unexpected noises, shouting and laughing, and crowds. If a person with Asperger’s becomes uncomfortable or triggered by any of these things, it is best to lead her to a quite place to take them out of that environment.
  • Clumsiness and poor coordination are common problems, and most people with Asperger’s are not good at sports. If you are a parent of a child with Asperger’s, try to find a form of physical activity and exercise for your child that will make them feel successful.
  • Sometimes people with Asperger’s have problems falling asleep at night. Things that might help include using thick dark curtains to block out the light, removing or switching off all noise sources such as ticking clocks, televisions, radios and computers, and using heavy blankets, because the feeling of pressure or weight on their body can be comforting.
  • People with Asperger’s more frequently fall victim to bullies. Their differences can unwittingly invite ridicule and mocking which can sometimes escalate into violence without them fully understanding why there is a problem.

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