What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

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Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is a condition on the autism spectrum that causes difficulties in three main areas; social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs. —  John Elder Robison

There is no ‘cure’ for it. It is, simply put, a different hardwiring of the brain.

Characteristics include:

  • Difficulty showing empathy to others
  • Problems understanding another person’s point of view.
  • Difficulty engaging in social routines such as conversations and ‘small talk’.
  • Preferring routines and becoming stressed or anxious if disrupted.
  • Intense focus on a particular area of interest or hobby.
  • Trouble understanding other people’s emotions and often missing or misinterpreting subtle cues such as facial expression, eye contact or body language.
  • Problems controlling their feelings such as anger, depression or anxiety.