A - Z OF TOPICS - AUTISM AND ASPERGER SYNDROME

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Asperger Syndrome (AS) is an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) which affects individuals over the three areas typically affected by ASCs:

  • Social communication - e.g. difficulty with non-verbal body language, lack of understanding of social rules, lack of empathy for others

  • Communication - e.g. unusually mature use of vocabulary in younger individuals, pedantic and literal use and interpretation of language

  • Imagination (thought and behaviour) - e.g. obsessions with topics or subjects, dislike of change, need for routines

Strategies to support AS include awareness, visual aids, explicit social rules, social skills groups and clear communication


Useful websites:

www.aspergerfoundation.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/conditions/autism2.shtml