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Asperger's Syndrome

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome (AS) is a disorder that falls within the Autism Spectrum, which characterizes with difficulties in communication, social relationships, and imaginative thought & flexible thinking. The severity of communication and behavioral deficits, and the degree of disability, varies in those with AS. AS is considered by many to be the mildest within the Autism Spectrum and is synonymous with the most highly functioning individuals. Students with AS may have difficulties with group settings, interpersonal interactions, and motivation with course work.

 

What Asperger's is NOT?

Many ordinary people have little eccentricities, certain obsessions, or a tendency to be shy in large social gatherings. AS is not normal eccentricity, people with AS usually do not want to be different, but do not know how to fit-in with those around them. For people with AS, patterns of difficulties start early in life causing them to have persistent social and communication problems from early childhood onwards.

How Common is Asperger's?

Despite AS now only being recognized within the last few years, estimates suggest that as many as 3 to 7 out of 1,000 people have AS. With that being said, it is more than likely that there are many people not clinically diagnosed with AS.

Tips for Professionals Who Work with Students with Asperger's:

Group Work

 

Personal Interaction

 

Motivation/Rationalization

Safety Concerns

Resources:

Helping Students with Asperger's Syndrome Navigate the College Experience – NACADA

Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet - NIH

Guidelines for Teaching Students with Asperger Syndrome in Further Education Colleges - The National Autistic Society

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