Asperger’s Syndrome is what is known as a High functioning form of Autism
The term High functioning can be confusing for 2 reasons
1. High functioning is not a reference to being intellectually gifted but to having a far less severe form of Autism than those diagnosed with Classical/Kanner Autism
- However a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome will usually mean the person has an above average IQ
- People with Asperger’s Syndrome can also be intellectually gifted, some at Genius level, although as in the non-Autistic population this is the exception
2. Anyone who has Asperger’s Syndrome, including the intellectually gifted, experiences lifelong clinical impairment in a number of key areas such as:
- Social intuition
- Communication and emotional control
- Unusual learning styles
- Difficulty with organization
- Physical clumsiness including in some cases Dyspraxia
- Hypersensitivity to light, sounds, smells, textures and touch
Being a Spectrum condition the severity of each individual impairment will vary from person to person.
Those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome will not have experienced any significant delay in speech development.
In our label addicted World, the word Spectrum is a refreshing acknowledgement and reminder of the incredible diversity within the Autism community.
The Autism Spectrum is itself overlaid by other ability Spectra including physical and intellectual, hence the saying.
When you’ve met one Autistic person, you’ve met one Autistic person!
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that delays or impairs
- Communication and social skills
- Behavior skills
- Learning skills
There is no known cure for autism.
But early intervention and treatment can help children develop these skills and can add considerably to the quality of their life and the lives of their families.