Asperger 's And Prevalence Rates Essay

2273 Words May 9th, 2016 10 Pages
What is Asperger’s/Prevalence Rates Asperger’s Syndrome is on the “high-functioning” end of the autism spectrum of disorders, a person with Asperger’s has a high or above average IQ, will get fixated on a single subject, and has low quality communication and social skills. Due to these low quality communication and social skills, Asperger children often deal with mistreatment at home and bullying in the school environment. Typically, children with Asperger’s syndrome want to make friends, but fall short to socialize successfully with their same age peers, this unsuccessful socialization can lead to withdrawal and asocial behavior (The Brain Injury Association of Queensland, " Asperger’s syndrome - Communication Issues", 2008). These unsuccessful socialization skills can be worked on by the individual if those who are close with the individual work together to help the learner succeed socially.
Valerie is an 11-year-old, 6th grade girl from a middle class family. Valerie was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 7 years old. Although both males and females can receive a diagnosis of Asperger’s, it is more prevalent in males, “three to four times as many males than females” ("Asperger’s Syndrome", 2016) in fact. Valerie has a definite interest in geometric patterns, collecting rocks, and sharing her extensive knowledge about shapes. She has average grades when it comes to her school work and her favorite subjects are mathematics and science. Valerie has…

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