- Intellectual or Artistic Interest
- Speech Differences
- Delayed Motor Development
- Poor Social Skills
- The Development of Harmful Psychological Problems
- Not Socially-driven
- High Integrity
- Masters of Routine
Asperger’s Syndrome is one of the disorders that is generally considered high functioning on the Autism spectrum. Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, known as Aspergians, suffer from a number of impairments, namely social, but also can have challenges with motor skills. For example, Aspergians have difficulty with communication in a variety of ways. They may have self-imposed rules or patterns that are usually very restrictive.
Intellectual or Artistic Interest
Many of the diagnosed Aspergians will have at least one particular field of intellectual or artistic interest and talent. Asperigans show great skill in their area of interest at an early age and proceed to effectively excel at it later in life. Wolfgang A. Mozart is a great example of a historical figure with Asperger’s-like characteristics. Mozart was extremely skilled at composing music; he was known to compose as a young child and continued doing so late into life. Aspergians may thrive in fields such as photography, webpage design, accounting, engineering, or data entry.
Speaking differences such as lack of verbal rhythm, monotone pitch and a peculiar inflection on certain words impact most Aspergian children. Adult Aspergians have the same characteristics since many do not outgrow it. They are often unable to control their voice’s volume according to their surroundings. It is not uncommon to hear Asperigans speak loudly in quiet places such as a place of worship or a library.
Delayed Motor Development
Some children with Asperger’s syndrome have delayed development with fine and gross motor skills. Children with delayed fine motor skills may struggle to hold a pencil correctly or when grasping objects with their fingers. Delayed gross motor skills may include the inability to throw a ball overhand or swing on monkey bars even after repeated demonstration. This characteristic varies widely and can be seen in both mild and more severe cases.
Poor Social Skills
Because of their limited fields of interest and low emotional ability, Asperigans feel isolated through most of their childhood and into adulthood. Aspergians do try to make friends, but they are often either temporarily successful or completely unsuccessful due to their lack of social skills. In the end, they sometimes display a lack of interest or even curiosity for the discussions, thoughts, and opinions of the people they temporarily befriend.
The Development of Harmful Psychological Problems
The potential for the development of harmful psychological disorders typically occurs during puberty or immediately thereafter. The most common disorders are anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, young Aspergians have a high rate of suicide that may be directly related to anxiety and depression. The only other demographics with a higher suicide rate for teenagers is transgender and homosexual individuals.
Many of the above-mentioned traits are not always the easiest to deal with, but there are also many, great traits that can accompany this initial step on the autism spectrum. Detail orientation that is above the likes of the average person is one of those very useful perks. There are countless occupations, sports, hobbies, and other pursuits in which a high degree of attention to detail directly translates to the potential for great success.
No matter what pursuit one may choose to take in life, one of the utmost important, underlying attributes that can help in all things is persistence. The ability to persist where many others might fail is a common perk to having Asperger’s. Accomplishing the mission at nearly any cost and weathering any kind of storm can truly get someone to incredible places vocationally and personally.
On one hand, being socially driven can be a great source from which to gain personal motivation in this ever increasingly social world. On the other hand, this can be a considerable drawback in certain situations. This is not a hurdle likely encountered by those with Asperger’s, as social concerns are often lower on this population’s priority list than with many others.
Another key trait that many with Asperger’s have that many others admire is a high level of integrity. Many with this condition do not get involved in complex and unnecessary “drama”, do not play “head games” with others, and can be quite straightforward in their intentions and loyalties. This, in itself, is a great feature to have in a personal friend, partner, business associate, employee, and so on.
Masters of Routine
Yet one more, excellent characteristic found in most with Asperger’s is that of regimen and a great propensity to flourish in matters of routine and patterns. Whereas the average person may struggle to conform to certain routines or components of certain routines, Aspergians will typically take quite well to such pattern and make significant strides therein. The benefits of this propensity are also many.
For those with further interest in Asperger’s, there are a number of great, online resources with which followup is highly suggested. The following represent some of those very contacts.
Psychology Today is arguably the foremost psychology journal and free, online information source out there right now. Among its many, valuable assets, there is plenty to also learn just on Asperger’s alone.
Anyone looking for information on autism or Asperger’s should be certain to spend some time at the website for Autism Speaks. This organization is a leader in autism and Asperger’s awareness, lobby, education, networking resources, and more.
The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke offers the US government’s public resources and stance on Asperger’s and autism today. From treatment information to organizational links, clinical trial info, and more, this government resource is a virtual one-stop-shop.
Asperger’s has gone through an evolution in the way it’s viewed, treated, and studied in recent times. Those with this condition, however, have always displayed many of the same types of characteristics throughout time. These 10 characteristics are among some of the most commonly seen in those with Asperger’s syndrome, no matter how the science itself evolves.