“A valuable first step in celebrating the Asperger’s child.”—Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire Program
What Is Asperger Syndrome?
Asperger syndrome is one of several previously separate subtypes of autism that were folded into the single diagnosis autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with the publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual in 2013. Asperger syndrome was generally considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Some signs of ASD includes; difficulty with social interactions, exhibiting a restricted range of interests, and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development could also be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. Asperger syndrome does not cause any significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. Some even demonstrate precocious vocabulary.
Behaviors that can occur to those with an Asperger’s diagnosis include:
• limited or inappropriate social interactions
• “robotic” or repetitive speech
• challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures, facial expression, etc.) coupled with average to above average verbal skills
• tendency to discuss self rather than others
• inability to understand social/emotional issues or nonliteral phrases
• lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation
• obsession with specific, often unusual, topics
• one-sided conversations
• awkward movements and/or mannerisms
How can I teach my children compassionation and inclusion with Asperger’s child they encounter in school? Great question! There are many books out there to help other under stand this sub-set o Autism, and I find that the Research Autism good has wonderful resources that are also FEE. He is our favorite one which you can read out link or print.
Now back to Isaac’s story. Isaac our pretend super hero child knows he is different than his other classmates. A very bright boy who had an amazing memory and lots of energy Issac still doesn’t fit in. The issues start because sounds from overhead neon lights doesn’t help his concentration, he blurts out anything that he sees without carrying about the other person and, and he has an amazing memory. Issac realizes he is not a real superhero, but does understand his brain does work differently than other kids in his class. Straightforward and engaging, Isaac’s first-person narrative will help kids see the world through the eyes of a child with the high-cognitive type of autism spectrum disorder commonly known as Asperger syndrome.
About the Author: Melanie Walsh is the author-illustrator of Living with Mom and Living with Dad, 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World, and many other books for children. She lives in England.
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