Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)
We always heard the term so called Asperger’s syndrome in related to a certain disorder but do we really know what is Asperger’s syndrome. It is often called also as Asperger’s disorder, and mostly abbreviated as AS. Most people call it Aspie for short. A child with Asperger’s syndrome has limited sort of high interest of subject or activities and that interest would somehow become a full grown obsessions. Because of that behavior, most people find him difficult to socialize with or build relationship with others. Children with AS are rarely retarded and are often intelligent. However, social skills just don’t come naturally to them.
A children with Asperger’s syndrome are early talkers, they are early readers and don’t have language delay. Children with this kind of disorder have discovered activities more interesting and enjoyable rather than socializing with others.
Basically they do not know how to mingle or play with others and somehow can be a motive for teasing, ridicule and rejection. This kind of situation can often leads to low or damaged self esteem.
Social abilities and friendship are highly valued by normal growing up children and if this criteria would not be met then to those children’s with Asperger’s syndrome would increased self social withdrawal , self criticism and eventually would be considered himself of being defective individual.
Most of the time a child with Asperger’s syndrome at an early age as young as six years old would develop a reactive depression as a result feeling being different. Through these derogatory comments by other people , a child with Asperger’s syndrome may have developed his reactive depressions because of experience he obtained from disparaging remark of others .
Successful in careers with Asperger’s syndrome
However, many people with AS are highly successful in careers. They normally chosen a career that minimize contact with other people that way they can highly use of their special interests. Other find their progress interfered by social difficulties or by additional condition as mentioned above such as depression and severe anxiety.
Several ways of constructive grouping of thoughts and feeling of being different can be escaped through imagination, anger or arrogance and imitation. In imagination, a child portray himself as a character in fantasy world that he is treated with respect and a successful person in every turn of his life, but that is only in fantasy.
The escaped through imagination could be helpful and psychologically constructive but there is a risk during adolescence. It will lead to exclusion of other activities when a child became an adult and he stops from working through his imagination. At this point , he would become negligent, attentions diverted and it looks like he is in his own world.
In anger or arrogance, a child would escaped his feeling of being different through denying or blaming others where it should be his fault. Entertaining or internalizing negatives issues are most welcome for a child with Asperger’s syndrome. A child with Asperger’s syndrome can be lack of social relationship with other people by completely denying any problems and develop a sense of superiority and anger towards them.
The last is imitation, A child with a Asperger’s syndrome can also escaped his thoughts of being different through imitating other people. By portraying the same characteristics as the other people, a child with AS would learn from intense observation on how to socialize in a given situations.
Some children with Asperger’s syndrome can be cunning in their observation and this would be a constructive way of achieving their motive to escaped with their thoughts of being different. However, this kind of way coping with being different can somehow contribute to depression especially in adulthood.
More about Asperger’s Syndrome
It is also called Austistic Psychopathy and is often thought as High- functioning Autism. It belongs to a group of childhood disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs) or what they called Autistic Spectrum Disorders. As we have discussed above these disorders are labeled by delays in the development of basic functions and that include the socialization and communications. A Child with PDD often noticed by parent at an early age of infancy and the attack of symptoms occurs before the age of three.
Children with PDD vary differently with regards to their abilities. There are some children who has PDD that do not speak at all and some children who can able to speak but very limited sequence of words. There are also some children that are relatively normal when they speak and it seems nothing wrong with them as if they have the normal language development. The common behavior to all children with PDD they often have repetitive play skills and a very limited social skills. They have unusual responses to sensory behavior such as loud noise and sudden bright light. As of now PDD have no known cure although some medication are used to handle behavioral problems.
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