For more than two decades, AANE staff have learned about the talents and struggles of adults with Asperger profiles. Below is a review of some of the recurrent themes that have arisen out of our collective years of experience. Many adults with Asperger profiles appear to have very high levels of functioning—but what does that actually mean? It can mean that one functions very well in some arenas and not well in others. This same person may not have or know how to create or maintain a satisfying life outside of work. Success for adults in our society usually means success at work; success in that arena could mask the fact that an adult also struggles in some fundamental ways that could be explained by an Autism Spectrum difference. There may be others who cannot function in a work environment, but can maintain one or a few friendships or acquaintances, be successful public speakers, and live independently.
Symptoms and Characteristics of Asperger syndrome:
ASD is a group of neurodevelopmental conditions that affect the way a person communicates and behaves. Receiving an early diagnosis for ASD is important so that treatment can begin as early as possible. The type of symptoms and their severity can vary from child to child. Symptoms are grouped into two categories: issues with social interaction and behavioral patterns. Treatment often focuses on teaching children how to better interact with others. This can promote positive behaviors while discouraging negative behaviors. There are a variety of other possible treatments, including medications and dietary changes. Should the doctor notice any possible developmental problems, a more comprehensive screening is recommended.
Though Asperger's syndrome is no longer an official diagnosis, people still use the term. If your loved one was once diagnosed with Asperger's or has symptoms that sound like Asperger's, you likely want information on treatment that has been effective for these types of autism symptoms. Dealing with a diagnosis is never easy, and it's reasonable to feel worried or overwhelmed.
Most adults with AS have few cognitive or language skill delays. In fact, you may have above-average intelligence. However, adults with AS may experience other symptoms. Many of these can significantly affect daily life. No two people experience AS in quite the same way.