What is it?
Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of Autism, which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. Autism is often described as a ‘spectrum disorder’ because the condition affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees.
Asperger’s Syndrome is mostly a ‘hidden disability’. This means that you can’t tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas. They are:
They are often referred to as ‘the triad of impairments’
While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include Dyslexia and Dyspraxia or other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.
Try to help your child with Asperger’s by always telling them of the plans for the day and making sure they are told as soon as there are any changes.
Dont keep trying to socialise with them, they are happy in their own world many a times!
If you know that they like certain things e.g. their food a particular way, certain routines then this should be adhered to.