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What is Aspergers Syndrome?
Aspergers (or Asperger) Syndrome (AS), as defined by Wikipedia, is one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), which are a spectrum of psychological conditions which are characterized by abnormalities of social interaction and communication that pervade the individuals functioning, and by restricted, repetitive interests and behavior.
But what does the disease of Aspergers truly represent to the parent, child, family upon which it descends? Some researchers, as well as some of those with AS have taken the point of view that AS is a difference as opposed to a disability that must be treated or cured. Behavioral therapy seems to be key in treating those with AS, with a clinical focus on specific deficits in order to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines and habits, as well as physical clumsiness, and a range of other irregular symptoms.
But again, what is Aspergers?
It seems, above all, to be a kind of kink in the behavioral I/O which simply needs to be worked on and worked out. Hans Asperger, the Austrian doctor who discovered the disorder in 1944, called his patients little professors, this judgement apparently being drawn from there being a characteristic of underdeveloped nonverbal communication skills, lack of empathy, physical awkwardness, one-sided verbosity, and intense pre-occupation with a narrow subject.
Quite simply put, AS, belonging as it does to a spectrum of other similar disorders which include ADHD, Autism and Rett Syndrome, is represented by a widely-varying range of symptoms and presentation, accompanied by non-specific treatment programs focusing on behavioral therapy. Many with AS can go on to lead relatively normal lives, with the worst of their disorder showing in being upset by disruptions in set routines or depression and troubles with relationships. Like all of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), research is ongoing and as pervasive as the ASD themselves seem to be.