The Characteristics And Effects Of Asperger's Syndrome (ASD)

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Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD) is defined as a developmental disorder related to Autism and characterized by higher than average intellectual ability coupled with impaired social skills. People suffering from ASD can overcome this disease and live a normal productive life by learning basic life skills, effectively communicating with people, and the ability to make friends are essential to maintaining a productive life. These essential life skills are important to everyday life and need to be learned in order for these individuals to maintain a self-sustaining life. Without these skills, it is highly possible these individuals will be unable to leave home or even hold down meaningful employment. John Robison writes in his book “Look Me in the …show more content…
Normal communication techniques that are developed as children grow up are not always present in individuals suffering from ASD. The ability to hold a meaningful conversation is greatly reduced and is sometimes unable to change their communication based on the situation i.e. talking to family vs talking in a more formal setting. These communication issues can have a great impact on potential job opportunities. One of the ways communication is effected is by the inadvertent way ASD individuals may sound self-centered. As stated previous ASD individuals have a difficult time understanding all the words in a conversation and therefore react to only the ones they understand. When communicating with other people this causes ASD individuals to seem like they have no interest in whatever the topic of the conversation may be. This mixed with sometimes inability to maintain eye contact can lead to the miss-interpretation of self-centeredness. According to Susan stokes, Individuals with ASD have issues understanding the turn-taking aspect of communication and will frequently change topics in an unnatural way to something they want to talk about(1), further instilling the perceived ego-centric attitude. Another way in which communication is effected is in the inability for ASD individuals to pick-up on standard body language and tone of voice. In an article on autism-help.org states that individuals suffering from ASD may portray body language that is un-ordinary for non-autistic individuals to understand (Page). This can lead to confusion during a normal conversation, resulting in the enforcement of non-attentiveness. On the other hand it is difficult for ASD individuals to pick up on normal body language presented by the other person, this can lead to the ASD individual continuing to talk about the same topic without realizing that the person receiving

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