Asperger syndrome

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Asperger syndrome

What is Asperger's Syndrome?•A unique disorder that is only been recently been recognized. It is more common than autism and has been estimated to affect 0.024% - 0.36% of children.•It is more common in males than females.•Is usually diagnosed between 2 and 6 years of age.•Is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one symptom. Symptoms include: - impairments in social interactions - restricted patterns of behavior, interests, and activities - no significant delay in language or cognitive development - intense preoccupation with one subject - physical clumsiness How is it diagnosed? There is no definitive test to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome. A doctor will perform a complete physical and medical exam to look for another disorder that may cause the symptoms. If none are found then the child is referred to a specialist for further Autism testing and diagnosis.

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Teaching considerations•An agenda that the teacher helps the student fill out or help organizing a messy desk or locker would be helpful since many students with AS have trouble with organizational skills such as remembering when assignments are do or what supplies to bring to class.•A safe place or person that the student can go to when they encounter unusual amounts of stress. High stress can cause the student’s behaviors to change. When this happens, ask the student if they would like to leave the classroom to go to their safe place or talk to their safe person.•Avoid sarcasm, nicknames, and jokes when possible. Many students with AS take what is being said literally and cannot read social cues. •If the student is having trouble paying attention, try moving them to a less distracting seat. Often, normal visual and auditory things (such as an attractive bulletin board) can overload a student with AS.•Avoid strong perfumes or cologne.•Do not touch a student with AS unless you know how they respond to this contact.•AS students can often visualize a problem in their mind so they see no need to show their work.•Students with AS often cannot make eye contact without some difficulties. Just because they aren’t looking you in the eyes, doesn’t mean they aren’t paying attention. Often they will be looking at your mouth because that is where the sound is coming from.•Since students with AS are often unable to understand social cues, they do not realize that staring off into space is a sign of boredom. •Even though students with AS have problems making eye contact, they are often visual learners. Try to use engaging visuals in the classroom frequently.•Often, a student with AS will focus on a particular subject and find comfort in being able to understand it. Because of this, teachers should try to incorporate that subject into their subject as often as possible.•Since students with AS have issues with social interactions, try not to have the students form groups voluntarily. Instead, assign them to groups so the student with AS feels as included as possible.•Students with AS, again, are socially awkward. This can lead to them being targeted for bullying. Keep a close eye on this in class and passing periods.•When a student with AS misbehaves, it is often a result of them trying to make sense of the world around them.


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