Comprehending autism spectrum disorders

Parents, teachers, caregivers and other professionals involved in the care and well being of an individual on the spectrum can find comprehending autism spectrum disorders confusing and stressful.

 

All children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will have the triad of autistic impairments in their ability to:

 

Socially interact

Communication difficulties

Imagination skills

 

Plus in most cases sensory processing issues which can affect an autistic individuals senses (taste, smell, touch, sound and sight). Most children with an ASD will also display obsessive and repetitive behaviours, will prefer routines and can become anxious if these routines change.

 

Children with an ASD also display marked difficulties with non-verbal and verbal communication. A child with autism will have difficulties comprehending the communication and language used by those around them as well difficulties in developing effective communication themselves.

 

Unlike typically developing children that learn social skills naturally, a child with autism will struggle socially. For many parents probably the hardest challenge they face is their child’s difficulty to understand the social behaviour of others. A child with autism will have difficulties displaying and comprehending appropriate socially accepted behaviours.

 

Generally most autistic individuals do not process information in the same manner as typically developing beings.  The opinions and thoughts of other are of no real consequence for the individual on the spectrum, which can cause frustrations and upset.

 

Consequently, comprehending autism spectrum disorders can be frustrating and stressful for those involved in the everyday care of an individual on the spectrum.

 

Research shows us however that although there is no cure for autism there are various treatments of autism that are available that can help overcome triad of autistic impairments.

 

Various treatments of autism like social skills stories work effectively addressing the triad of autistic impairments. They do this by showing the autistic child what to expect in certain situations or what is expected of them which reduces stress and helps control anxieties.

 

By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others a social skills stories visually explain using images and relevant social cues the skill or situation. All helping an autistic child to better understand and cope with the skill or situation that

They may be struggling with.   

 

To find a greater comprehending of autism spectrum disorders and how social skills stories can help address some of the issues faced by children with an ASD visit sites like: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

What are the symptoms of Aspergers syndrome?

Aspergers is a mild form of Autism, as with Autism it is a lifelong disability.

Aspergers syndrome, affects people in a similar way to Autism, the person has difficulties with three main areas of development:

  • The persons social imagination
  • Their communication skills
  • Plus their social interaction abilities

While there are similarities to Autism, the main difference is that the Aspergers person will have fewer problems with speaking. Plus they will normally have average, or above average intelligence.

Another difference is that they tend not have the associated learning difficulties Autistic people have. But might have other more specific learning disabilities like dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD and epilepsy.

There is no reason why an aspergers person can not live a normal life.

Characteristics Aspergers Syndrome

As with most conditions the characteristics of asperger syndrome will vary from person to person.

But there is always a common thread running through  all aspergers people.

  • Difficulties with communication and language

Generally aspergers people will find it hard to keep up with a conversation and will not express themselves correctly.

For example:

They may not understand how to begin a conversation, or end it and will not be able to read body language or facial expressions.

They may use odd language within a conversation and not understand jokes and other flippant remarks or phrases.

They will talk literally, stating the obvious even when it’s probably not cool to do so.

  • Difficulty with social interactions

An asperger person may miss important social cues, and find relationships hard to maintain.

For example: aspergers people may find it difficult making friends and will sometimes find it even harder to maintain those friendships they do strike up.

Aspergers people may not understand how to behave socially, they may begin inappropriate conversations and not respect personal space

The asperger person may appear withdrawn and uninterested in other people.

  • Have difficulties with imagination

Although some people with aspergers may show a real flare for certain activities, like painting, music or even things like numbers.

Generally people with aspergers lack social imagination.

As with Autism they will prefer repetition and sameness.

Also people with aspergers prefer routine, even down to lining up their belongings. in a ritualistic fashion.

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