Asperger’s? What exactly is it?
Asperger Disorder is a complex neurological condition; a type of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s a developmental disorder whose name originates from Dr. Hans Asperger, the Austrian Pediatrician who studied and observed kids with normal intelligence coupled with Autistic features.
The Autism spectrum is wide, therefore, no two are alike despite sharing core features.
Since Asperger Syndrome (AS) is on the higher-functioning end of the Autism spectrum, the terms are often used interchangeably with “High-Functioning Autism”, depending on the medical professional.
Asperger’s has a genetic basis and there appears to be more than one gene involved in Autism. Currently, though, genetic studies are still being conducted and the good news is that research is advancing steadily.
Individuals with AS look like the typical average person, therefore, they are often misunderstood and misjudged.
Due to their different brain wiring, they have great difficulty with social interaction, communication, motor skills, restricted interests and sensory integration issues; often coming across as a bit awkward.
In fact, it is no surprise that the combination of impairments impact essential areas of daily functioning.
With this in mind, people with AS are utterly taxed just by navigating their way through each day of their lives. Not only are they exhausted, but they also experience behavioral “meltdowns”; the consequence of some sort of overload taking place within their brains. Although the presentation is similar to the typical childhood temper tantrums, Asperger-related outbursts have different causes, and for this reason, should be handled accordingly.
But in spite of the many difficulties experienced by those with AS, they’re blessed to have more help and support than ever before. And like everyone else, they also have the opportunity to experience the lasting hope, strength and healing found only in the Lord!