People with Asperger syndrome simply see, hear and feel the world differently to other people and affects both males and females
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a form of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a lifelong social-communication condition that affects how a person makes sense of the world around them and communicates and interacts with others. People with AS find it harder to read the social behaviour signals that most of us take for granted - this can lead to confusion and high levels of anxiety. Much of the behaviour observed in people with AS is aimed at trying to make their world more predictable and less confusing. It is often referred to as a 'hidden disability' because you cannot tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance.
People with Autism Spectrum Conditions, including Asperger Syndrome, typically have problems in three main areas referred to as the Triad of Impairments: Social Communication, Social Interaction and Social Imagination. The characteristics of AS affect people in different ways and to varying degrees.
While there are similarities with other ASDs, people with Asperger Syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence, and do not have the learning disabilities that are usually present at the lower functioning end of the spectrum. However, it is not uncommon for people with AS to have specific learning dificulties, such as dyslexia, or other neurodevelopmental conditions, such as dyspraxia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also a common feature of autism spectrum conditions that there may be problems with sensory perception, such as sensitivity to noise or touch and integrating sensory information, which can cause anxiety.
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