Autism and Asperger syndrome

Surviving Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's syndrome is a diagnosis within the autism spectrum, which can cause major…

Explaining what it is like to live with a child with autism in the family is an almost impossible task. It is so comprehensive, pervasive, and forms such a fundamental part of everyday life that it is difficult to know where to begin. 

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A basic understanding of autism is a prerequisite for good facilitation at home, at school and in kindergarten. Here you read an easy-to-understand introduction about children and young people on the autism spectrum.

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Many people who have little knowledge of autism and relatives (especially parents) tend to dislike people referring to autistics as just "autistic" and often prefer that "person with autism" is used. Personally, I prefer to say that I am an autist rather than a person with autism. This is because autism is a big part of my personality and identity. 

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That difference between me with Asperger's syndrome and a neurotypical person is probably most evident in how I look at friendships and how I function in close relationships.

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Several with Asperger's syndrome (AS) have received a relatively good education, but they claim that they do not work in a job situation with other people. In some cases, they may have taken the wrong education, but often it is the social around the workplace, and the social connection to work they perform, that has resulted in problems.

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There are many perceptions about what difficulties a person with Asperger's has, but how is this question experienced by someone who has the diagnosis himself? And what does a person with Asperger's experience that are the greatest strengths? 

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One might think that a person with Asperger's syndrome would thrive better in community with people with the same diagnosis than in association with people without the diagnosis. But it's probably not that simple. It seems that personality and interests are more important for how good a "match" one experiences with the others.

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There is no doubt that people with Asperger's syndrome have humor and some also have self-irony. The humor can still be distinctive. Children and to some extent adolescents can sometimes have difficulty understanding certain forms of humor, including irony.

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