Asperger Syndrome is neurodevelopmental disorder on the autism spectrum. It shares many of the same characteristics as autism including difficulty within the realm of social interaction, communication and understanding and displaying appropriate emotions. Sometimes people with Asperger Syndrome also experience anxiety, depression and various learning disabilities. Persons with Asperger Syndrome often need extra support in achieving their potential within the educational system. As they enter adulthood, they are presented with many challenges when leaving the structure and support of the family home and the school system; going on to higher education (establishing independence) and entering the work force. Without the long term supports they need to survive, adults with Asperger Syndrome remain emotionally and financially dependent upon their families, social assistance and/or the legal system. People with Asperger Syndrome, with the help of their parents and caregivers need accurate information, support and encouragement to become successful, happy and fully contributing citizens within their communities.
The Gift of Asperger Syndrome
Positive aspects that individuals with Asperger Syndrome can bring to any environment:
- Creative thinkers with exceptional skills or talents in specific areas such as memory, art, music, math etc.
- Great attention to detail and often thrive on routine and repetitious tasks
- Unconventional problem solving
- Ability to focus on topics of interest for extended periods of time
- Punctuality, reliability, low sick time