Medical science has changed beyond recognition over the centuries. Much of this has been a good thing. In recent years, a lot of research has been pumped into the areas of Autism and the condition known as Aspergers’ Syndrome.
It may be that you or someone you know has received such a diagnosis. Perhaps you are line managing a new member of staff with Aspergers’ Syndrome. This article has been written to help you understand some key aspects of the subject.
People Are Able To Receive An Official Diagnosis
If a child is not socializing at school or looking people in the eyes, this is obviously a cause for concern. If someone has ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) this may be picked up early in their school life, especially if they experience difficulty talking. People with Aspergers’ may be diagnosed a little later as their speech will not be impaired, even though they may struggle to express themselves fully.
In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain a formal medical diagnosis. According to the professionals at www.aspergerstestsite.com some people go online to take special questionnaires. Such folk desire to know what the results mean, and how to pursue an official diagnosis. They want to read FAQs and to access free courses on the subject.
People With Aspergers’ May Struggle To Fit In
It’s common for people with this condition to stand at the edge during parties. If they speak to anyone they may become quickly overwhelmed and exhausted by the conversation.
In some cases, people with Aspergers’ have odd physical movements. They may speak at an unnaturally loud volume or talk in a very high pitch. People may struggle to listen when they talk with a monotonous tone that is almost robotic.
The condition can mean that the person is unaware of the thoughts or feelings of others. They can appear oblivious to what’s going on around them. As a result, they may laugh at a bad moment or say something totally inappropriate for the circumstances.
They Will Have An Above Average Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Whilst the individual may be coming out with a strange collection of comments and phrases at times, their understanding of the language will probably be quite strong.
It could be easy to believe that someone with Aspergers’ is unemployable. Actually, employers may be delighted to have someone who is happy with routine, is never late to work, and is content to perform highly repetitive tasks. The individual will believe in honesty and have a strong sense of fair play.
Aspergers’ Syndrome can mean that the person will be able to focus intently for prolonged amounts of time. They will have great attention to detail, and an excellent memory. It is for these reasons that people with Aspergers’ have excelled in such areas as the arts, engineering and mathematics, music, computer science, and languages.
They Are Probably Obsessive
Folk with Aspergers’ are more likely to think about small facts than to see the big picture. In a similar way, they may focus deeply on limited subjects rather than having a broad general knowledge. This interest is likely to be both intense and obsessive.
People with this condition may learn an obscure language or be into guitars. They may keep talking about dinosaurs or trucks. The issue can be compounded by the tendency of people with Aspergers’ to talk in monologues rather than having two-way conversations. Whilst it may be wearing to listen to at length, the person’s depth of knowledge is likely to become deep.
Historically, some people will change the focus of their interest to something else after a few months. In other cases, it can be a lifetime passion. When it comes to the challenge of finding work, it can be beneficial to connect the two.
There Are Many Blind Spots
We have already touched on a few of these. In relation to being with others, the condition can mean a person doesn’t understand other peoples’ body language or social cues.
People with Aspergers’ bluntly take things at face value. They may become flustered and confused when a conversation moves from facts and figures to concepts. They will not understand figurative speech or jokes.
Whilst it is a complex condition, people with Aspergers’ can find their place in life and live out many of their dreams. Whilst they will have many challenges, they also have unique gifts, and much to offer this world.