What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger Syndrome, or simply Asperger’s, is a previously used diagnosis for a specific type of people on the autism spectrum. In 2013, it became part of one umbrella diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A person with Asperger's Syndrome generally shows difficulty with social interactions, restricted interests, and desire for sameness. Individuals with ASD also typically show great persistance and an amazing ability to focus, aptitude for organizing patterns, usually have great attention to detail, however they present hypersensitivities to lights, sounds and/or tastes, difficulty handling a normal give and take of conversations, lack of understanding of non-verbal communication signals, a tendency to have uncoordinated movements and even clumsiness. They are also rpone to anxiety and depression.

It is very important to keep in mind that not all symptoms are present in the same degree in people with ASD. What stands out is a general inability to enjoy normal communication and to understand non-verbal queues which is usually puntuated by difficulty to adapt to change.

Though the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome is no longer used, many previously diagnosed people still identify strongly and positively with being an “Aspie.”

Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on helping people with ASD address anxiety and other personal challenges. It also helps them learn skills to improve communication and social behaviour. This type of therapy helps reduce negative behaviours and improve emotional well-being.

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