Aspergerís Syndrome is sometimes referred to as high functioning autism or mild autism. While this is understandable it can be misleading as it does not present a true picture of the diagnosis, nor the particular support needs that an individual may have. It is however now agreed that people with this syndrome are part of the autism spectrum.† Individuals with Aspergers Syndrome are usually better able to communicate than those with classic autism, by virtue of their language abilities, but still experience some difficulties with social communication and social interactions.
People with Aspergerís Syndrome frequently show a deep interest in a particular subject or hobby, and many have extensive knowledge about it.† These interests will often form their preferred topic of conversation, but unless prompted they may be unaware of a need to consider the listenerís level of interest, or to give the listeners a turn to speak.
Where a person with Aspergerís Syndrome has an average or above average intellectual ability, this clear focus of attention can lead to high levels of achievement. Memory, logic and mathematical skills are common, but success can be impeded by an apparent contradictory need for continuing support in social interactions or situation requiring people working together. It can be difficult to recognise and understand a need for social support in individuals who are otherwise high achievers.
With the right support and encouragement, people with Asperger syndrome can lead full and independent lives.
Autism Sussex facilitates many Asperger syndrome support groups. For more information please click here