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Asperger's Syndrome Research

(Also Known As: Aspergers Syndrome Research, Asperger’s Disorder Research, Asperger Syndrome Research, Autism Research, Autistic Research, Aspergers Research, Autism Spectrum Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

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ASPERGER’S SYNDROME AND RELATIONSHIPS

Individuals with asperger’s syndrome may experience and express affection differently from other people. However it is possible for people suffering from asperger’s syndrome to develop successful and meaningful relationships. Based on clinical and counseling experiences, it is important, first that the people in the relationship recognize the diagnosis so that they will have a better understanding on how to relate to each other. Second, is that they are motivated to learn and change. And third, is access to relationship counseling, designed to accommodate the unique profile and abilities of the partner with asperger’s syndrome.

ASPERGER’S SYNDROME AND EMPLOYMENT

Many who suffer from asperger’s syndrome are capable of developing self-sufficiency and can thus obtain gainful employment. While people with asperger’s syndrome may have average to above-average intelligence, their difficulty with social skills, high anxiety levels and hypersensitivity to certain things can certainly become employment problems. It is necessary then, early on, to plan the employment or career path/s of such persons, in order to determine the levels of social coping, the necessary education and other necessary employment skills that the person has to acquire in order to be successful in obtaining and maintaining long-term employment. It will also be important for persons with asperger’s syndrome to seek available career services and to learn how to communicate one’s limitations and/or diagnosis effectively to the employer. 7

For those people with asperger’s syndrome, who have had successful employment experiences—planning on higher education with the aim to fit it to suitable career paths, has been very beneficial. Special needs services and career services in universities and colleges will be very helpful in this aspect. It is important to take care that the area of study, as well as the subjects chosen, will become useful in obtaining and maintaining certain types of careers. It is just as important to choose a future career path that will suit the person’s abilities as well as limitations. Among the areas of employment where people with asperger’s syndrome have been found to do well at are: information technology, certain sciences, accountancy, music and modern languages. For people who choose not to obtain higher education, certain jobs which do not involve a lot of interaction with the public (such as shelf-stacking or working in warehouses) have been found suitable (meaning less stressful and easier to maintain).

FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME

Parents of children and adolescents with asperger’s syndrome, as well as adults who have asperger’s, may find it useful to the management of the syndrome to look for role models that will inspire them and give them hope. In the remarkable book “Asperger’s and Self-esteem”, author and father of a child with asperger’s syndrome, Norm Ledgin has listed and written about successful individuals throughout history who evidenced the characteristics of asperger’s. Among them are:

  • Thomas Jefferson
    • Former President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence
  • Albert Einstein
    • Celebrated scientist whose Theory of Relativity has changed the study of Physics forever, and whose philosophy has continually inspired people around the world
  • Charles Darwin
    • Father of the theory of evolution, his book The Origin of the Species challenged the prevailing religious notions during his time about the origin of human beings)

NEWS ABOUT ASPERGER’S SYNDROME

In 2004, BBC News Online featured the positive side of asperger’s syndrome in the news feature entitled “What Asperger’s syndrome has done for us”. They cited famous scientists and artists like Albert Einstein, Michelangelo and Jane Austen as among the people in history who may have had asperger’s syndrome, and expressed that many of the geniuses in our history exhibited symptoms of asperger’s syndrome (such as single-minded work routine, attention to detail, few friends, and obsessional nature). 8

On a less positive note—due to their differences with other children, it is a sad fact that those who have asperger’s syndrome often become the subject of their peers’ ridicule and bullying. In 2004, ABC News revealed that most children with asperger’s syndrome get bullied on a daily basis, and naturally suffer great emotional pain because of it. 9

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