Asperger’s Syndrome is one of the many categories of autism that fall on the spectrum, and it is specifically known for being a high-functioning level of autism. Every year, more and more people are being diagnosed with Asperger’s, from children as young as 5 years old to fully grown adults. If you suspect that a loved one may have Asperger’s Syndrome, you need to help them get the help they desperately need in order to succeed in society.
Signs of Aspergers in Children
Children who have Asperger’s Syndrome tend to have problems in school pertaining to social interaction. They may not pick up on social cues, avoid eye contact with both adults and children, and also appear to lack the ability to empathize with fellow students. A common issue that children with Asperger’s Syndrome have is that they often cannot distinguish subtle changes and cues in the way that a person speaks, so they often may take jokes seriously, or be unable to understand sarcasm.
Children who have Asperger’s Syndrome also tend to get preoccupied with one single thing, such as a hobby or a computer game. They may talk at length about their particular preoccupation. Asperger’s Syndrome is also characterized by an interest in an unusual study or hobby that doesn’t particularly make sense for the child’s age group.
In some cases, children who have Aspergers may also experience delays in motor development, as well as a hypersensitivity to smells, sounds, and flavors. They may also have unusual body language and facial expressions, along with a very formal way of speaking.
Signs of Aspergers in Teens
Most of the time, Asperger’s Syndrome is recognized by the time the child has become a teen. More often than not, the same symptoms that were present in them as a child will persist on to their teenage years. However, it is worth mentioning that many people who have Asperger’s will begin to learn some social cues as teenagers, simply because they make an effort of it. Learning social skills as a teenager with Asperger’s is not easy, so you may end up still seeing strange behavior, seemingly obvious social mistakes, and a lot of frustration on the part of your teen.
It is also worth noting that teens with Asperger’s may have outbursts of anger or frustration due to their inability to communicate effectively with other students. They may also be shy, and feel intimidated by the idea of having to be near other students. They also may not want to even attempt “fitting in” or being one of the “cool kids” at school.
One of the better aspects of being a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome is that most teens who have it tend to be unconventional thinkers. They may be highly artistic, able to excel in subjects that most other teens have serious difficulty passing, or exhibit a unique talent that can seriously impress college recruiters. Their unique way of thinking, along with the tendency of having a high level of focus on the subjects that they care about, often cause them to gain recognition for their incredible skills in the fields that they are passionate about.
Because of many of the hardships that teenagers endure during these years that stem from social problems, it’s not uncommon for teens with Asperger’s to become withdrawn, or to even suffer from depression. It is also not unusual for teens who exhibit Asperger’s symptoms to have to deal with bullying due to the fact that they are unlike most other teens.
Aspergers Symptoms in Adults
It is very unusual for young adults to be completely unaware that they may have Asperger’s Syndrome, but it does happen. Up until recently, there weren’t really good screening procedures in place for those who had Asperger’s to be diagnosed, so there is a distinct possibility that you or your loved on may be an undiagnosed adult.
As adults, many people with Asperger’s see the same issues that they ran into as children and as teens, however, they usually find ways to adapt to the ways of life by the time that they are 18. Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome often have learned a decent amount of social skills, including how to read various social cues.
Though it does take a lot of time in order to learn adequate social skills and life skills for people who have this particular syndrome, it can happen. People who are adults with Asperger’s Syndrome have a lot of happiness in their lives. They often marry and have children. It’s also quite common for adults with this syndrome to have learned their strengths and weaknesses in the social realm, which in turn can make it easier for them to make career decisions that will better benefit them.
Aspergers in Women
Here’s a 10 minute video featuring university professor and diagnosee herself Wendy Lampen giving a Ted Talk on the subject:
Do You or a Loved One have Asperger’s Syndrome?
If you feel like you or someone that you care about may need to take an Aspergers test, it is important to go to a specialist who can properly diagnose you. With the right diagnosis, you may be able to get the help needed in order to learn social skills, understand themselves, and also work well within society at a quicker pace.
The good news is that the prognosis for people who have Asperger’s is quite good. Asperger’s Syndrome does not mean that you have to live a life without friends, romance, or family. With some of the helpful programs that are available to those who have Asperger’s, there is no reason why a fulfilling life shouldn’t be a reasonable and realistic goal.