Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by difficulty in social interaction and nonverbal communication. It is distinct from other Autistic disorders as affected individuals often have normal or sometimes even superior to average linguistic abilities and cognitive development, making the impairment generally limited to social interaction and functioning along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests, which are characteristic of other Autistic complaints as well. Other factors commonly reported but not essential in ‘diagnosis’ are physical clumsiness and strange use of language. Today, Asperger Syndrome is categorized as an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) falling within the lower range of the severity scale for all Autistic disorders, however the uniqueness of the impairment being social in nature is still present as a n Asperger-type difficulty.
Signs of Aspergers
- Marked impairment in social interaction
- Difficulty with nonverbal communication (appropriate facial expressions, body language, and eye contact)
- Restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests
- Anxiety and ritualistic, repetitive, or obsessive behaviour
- Normal or superior linguistic abilities, cognitive development, and intelligence (as defined by IQ testing)
Treatment for Aspergers, for both adults and children, usually involves sociability training where appropriate communication and interpersonal skills are taught and practiced, anxiety management, as it is very often an accompanying symptom of all Autistic disorders, and psychological support. If you believe you or someone you care about may be struggling with some of the social and interpersonal difficulties characteristic of Asperger Syndrome, it is worth getting an evaluation and seeking help. The professionals at Evolution Psychology Center have successfully helped many individuals struggling with Asperger’s improve their interpersonal skills, their relationships, and their lives. Give us a call today at 514-758-PSYC and let us help you overcome your anxiety, improve your communication, and better connect with the people in your life.