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What is Apergers Syndrome (AS)?
Aspergers Syndrome was named after Hans Asperger (1906 – 1980) and is part of the autistic spectrum, which can effect individuals in many ways.
AS can effect both male and females although there is a higher tendency for it to effect males (4-1).
AS does come under the Disability Discrimination Law.
Individuals with AS show similar characteristics:
Having problems with communicating effectively and are generally poor at interacting in social settings. They lack social imagination, not being able to work out other people’s thoughts and have a lack of understanding when it comes to showing empathy. Most have some form of intense special interest which can range from model aircraft to train and bus time tables, dinosaurs, Dr Who, UFO’s or even front doors! One particular situation in common is their inability to handle changes and structure and routine are genrally paramount in order to help someone with AS survive a day. They generally do not like disuption to their routine and do not cope well with change. You can suppose that there may be signs of outbursts of rage, tantrums or other undesirable or inappropiate social or emotional behaviour, this needs to be well managed with pre arranged strategies in place.
Their intense interest can make them unsociable but it can also be an escape for them. Sometimes their intense interest can affect their well being, i.e. if they were to use a computer continuously, they may have disrupted sleep patterns, not go out for fresh air and further isolate themselves, leaving them to have even poorer social skills. It may be in their best interest to build in structure and boundaries, finding compromises and limiting their intense interest.
Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome need support to either be understood or support in making sense of the neuro-typical (those without Aspergers) who appear to make little sense to them as they are ever confusing with the way in which they appear to use words, ufinisums, metaphores, slang and body language.Individuals with Aspergers are very logical thinkers and appear to lack intuition.
Many AS indivdiuals will also have sensory difficulties, either hypo or hyper sensitive. Wherever possible, a sensory assessment should be carried out in order to deliver the best form of support.
Unfortunately there are a lot of other conditions that may affect an individual with AS, they may develop mental health issues, especially during their teenage years and many have issues relating to dyslexia and dyspraxia
Assessing an individual with AS
It is important to us to know what makes the individual tick, what their intense interest is, what hobbies and activities they enjoy, what their level of life skill capabilities are and whether they have an interest in expanding their education or wanting to find employment. This is covered during our assessment, is extremely important as it is essential we try and develop a service that matches the needs of the individual in order to afford them a quality of life.