Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What You Should Know About AS (Asperger's Syndrome)

At first glance, AS people are hardly any different from others. However, getting to know them better or becoming intimate with them would give you a closer look at what exactly it is about them that distinguishes them from the rest. As it is, AS people are very well capable of functioning in typical life settings just like everybody else. However, they possess specific symptoms, especially poor or immature socialization skills and a distinctive oddity of behavior, specifically categorizing them among the 400,000 families suspected to be riddled with Asperger's syndrome—a neurobiological disorder characterized by impaired social skills and poor coordination.

Although diagnosis can be made as early as the age of three, it is not unusual for most AS people to be misdiagnosed with ADHD before it can be confirmed that what they have is actually AS later on. To familiarize you better with the nature of AS, here are its other symptoms:

  • Predilection for “self” topics when conversing with others
  • Robotic and reiterative speech
  • Not having enough “common sense”
  • Academic problems; specifically with math, reading, or writing
  • Unusual mannerisms and/or behaviors
  • Bungling movements
  • Fixation for complicated topics (patterns, music, etc.)
  • Improper and/or limited social interactions
Contributed By: Maris Modesto

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