Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism that was first identified in 1944 yet has only come to prominence in more recent decades. It is considered to be a high functioning form of autism and individuals will have no learning disabilities. They are typically average or above-average in terms of their intelligence. One sign of the syndrome is a highly focused – often intense – concentration on something, for example, art, collecting something or computers. This can lead to someone with Asperger’s developing excellent knowledge and skill in one area.
What is Asperger Syndrome?
The syndrome relates to the way a person sees the world – but the symptoms are varied, and every person with Asperger’s will experience it differently. Generally, it affects the way a person may communicate and cooperate with other people. Often those with Asperger’s find it hard to understand some aspects of language and social interaction.
The Cause of Asperger Syndrome
As with many modern syndromes, scientists know relatively little about it and research has not, so far, been able to find one definitive cause. Previous research has traced some links back to pregnancy – for example, pregnant women who suffer an infection; are deficient in certain minerals, or take certain medications are all thought to have a higher risk of having a child with Asperger’s.
Whilst research is ongoing, the medical community agrees that those with Asperger Syndrome have some difference in their brain development, compared to those without the Syndrome. Understanding the why and the how of Asperger Syndrome is so crucial to help those suffering from the condition and to enable them to lead a healthy life. Today, there is cautious optimism that the new generation medications, now available in clinical trials, may provide, not only significant advances in medical understanding, but access for individuals to new and effective treatments.
Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome
It can be hard to spot a person with Asperger Syndrome – because many of the symptoms are presented as behaviours, which over time come to define who a person is. It is often more noticeable in childhood, whereas adults tend to be more able to adapt, manage or cover up their behaviour. Some signs that you or a loved one may be suffering from Asperger’s include: difficulty in making friends; struggling with taking turns and sharing; failure to ‘read’ people’s emotions or language cues, such as a change in tone; sensitivity to noise or light; anxiety; a lack of empathy; preferring one’s own company.
How Can Re:Cognition Health Help You?
There is no cure for Asperger Syndrome. But there are treatment options available which can be successful for individuals who may want to seek help. Treatments tend to focus on developing better social and communication skills with training and cognitive behavioural therapy. Support is also available for people living with or caring for those with Asperger Syndrome who can learn strategies for helping them in specific environments or situations.
Asperger’s doesn’t have to be a life-limiting condition – in fact, many people with the disease lead very happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
At Re:Cognition Health, we are dedicated to finding breakthroughs in how the brain works, through extensive research. We currently have two clinical trials running, which can help adults with autism and children with autism. Both studies, not only give you a chance to trial new medications but also the knowledge that you’ve done something amazing to further what the medical world know about this condition.