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Transcript of Aspergers
What is Aspergers?
Aspergers syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) considered to be on the "high-functioning" end of the spectrum. Their motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. Compared to other forms of ASD, children with Aspergers syndrome do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development.
An Asperger Example in the Media
You're never too old for Arthur!
Here, Brain tries to explain what
it's like to have Aspergers:
More than Aspergers: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Aspergers is just one bit of the Austim Spectrum; here are behavioral patterns that fall under the overall diagnosis of ASD:
How do I identify Aspergers?
Characteristics of Aspergers can vary; not each individual has all the same traits. These are behaviors associated with Aspergers:
limited or inappropriate social interactions
"robotic" or repetitive speech
challenges with nonverbal communications coupled with average to above average verbal skills
tendency to discuss self rather than others
inability to understand social/emotional issues or nonliteral phrases
lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation
obsession with specific, often unusual, topics
awkward movements and/or mannerisms
Social interaction impairments characterized by nonverbal behaviors, inappropriate peer relationships, failure to interact with others, and poor social or emotional reciprocity.
Communication impairments characterized by a delay in, or lack of, spoken language development, stereotyped or repetitive language use or idiosyncratic language, and lack of developmentally appropriate spontaneous or social imitative play.
Repetitive and restricted stereotyped patterns of behavior characterized by abnormally intense preoccupation with one or more restricted patterns, inflexible adherence to nonfunctional routines, repetitive motor movements, and persistent preoccupation with objects.
Strategies for Autsim
Use visual aids whenever possible.
A need for structure with activities and social interactions.
Strategies for Aspergers
Ensure each student is seated in a position of least distraction and close to the teacher or other source of information to which the teacher must respond.
Try not to confuse lack of tact with rudeness.
Be clear with schedules; warn of change beforehand.
Concentrate on changing unacceptable behaviors, and do not worry about those that are simply odd.
Offer a recorder so they can go back over notes at their own pace.
Break tasks up into manageable segments.
Early Intervention: In the News
Eye contact can be looked at as early as infant-age:
Arthur video: http://www(DOT)youtube(DOT)com/watch?v=s9eATBV-_lg
How the Special Needs Brain Learns by David A. Sousa- pgs. 181-182; 191-193; 196-197
News article/video: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/11/06/researchers-link-babys-eye-gazes-with-possible-autism-diagnosis/
Autism Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/asperger-syndrome