High Functioning Autism

Asperger’s syndrome – High Functioning Autism

What is Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is included on the milder end of  the continuum of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

University students with AS are usually of average or above average intelligence and some are gifted. Other names for similar difficulties which are also on the autistic spectrum include Semantic Pragmatic Disorder, Atypical Autism and High Functioning Autism.

People with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties in 3 main areas

Social interaction

  • difficulty getting on with other people socially,
  • difficulty making and keeping friends
  • difficulty understanding how to respond in social situations.
    These difficulties usually cause the person to feel isolated.

Social communication

  • difficulty with talking to other people,
  • difficulty with listening to others
  • difficulty making and maintaining eye contact during conversations.
  • A literal approach to language, so that ididoms, sarcasm and ‘dry wit’ such as ‘jump on the band wagon’ and ‘wicked’ are misunderstood.

Imagination and flexibility

  • preference for fixed routines
  • difficulty coping with change.
  • difficulty accepting that they have to change their own way of doing things to fit in with others or to satisfy academic requirements
  • difficulty thinking creatively or being able to express their creativeness.
  • obsessions with certain topics or interests.

People with AS do differ and, as individuals, they experience the above difficulties to a greater or lesser extent.

There are some frequently found associated difficulties:

  • motor co-ordination difficulty (dyspraxia)
  • anxieties, particularly at times of transition or in relation to change.
  • depression, often exacerbated by social isolation or perceived rejection or low self-esteem.

Other conditions known to co-exist with AS are ADHD, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

At the moment there is no ’cure’ for Asperger’s syndrome and the cause is still unknown. There many different approaches available to help the person with Asperger’s Syndrome develop skills in the above areas of deficit.

How can SLT Online Help?

As a highly qualified speech and language therapist, Julie Andrews is able to offer advice and help to her clients and their families in finding the best course of treatment for the individual. Working across the regions of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Market Harborough, Julie is able to treat children and adults with asperger’s syndrome.

To arrange a consultation or assessment with Julie please visit the appointments page.