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    • A Journey Through Asperger’s Syndrome
      • Ali, Katie, Liza
    • What is Asperger’s?
      • Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder. 
      • An autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
        • Mildest form of Autism
      • Dr. Hans Asperger
        • 1944
        • Boys with similar traits
          • Boy studies b/c most cases were found in boys (still today 70-80)%
          • May be because girls can overcome symptoms based on socialization
      • Neurological disorder
        • ASD of a distinct group of neurological conditions
        • greater or less than average degree of impairment in language and communication skills,
        • repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior.
    • Common Traits & Characteristics
        • socially awkward and clumsy
        • naive and gullible
        • unaware of others' feelings
        • unable to carry on conversation
        • easily upset by changes
        • literal in speech and understanding
        • sensitive to loud sounds, lights, odors
        • fixated on one subject or object
        • physically awkward in sports
        • very accurate memory for details
        • trouble understanding things they have heard or read
        • inappropriate body language & expression
        • repetitive and irrelevant comments
        • unusually loud, high or monotonous voice
        • rock, fidget or pace while concentrating
    • Diagnosing the Syndrome
      • Two main criteria for diagnosis: DSM IV and Gillberg’s criteria:
        • Impairment in social interactions
        • Limited all-consuming interests
        • Burden regarding routines and interests
        • Speech and communication problems
        • Non-verbal language difficulties
        • Difficulty with motor skills
    • Possible Treatment
        • *The earlier the better!
      • Psychosocial interventions
        • Social training skills
        • Cognitive behavior therapy
        • Any activity to help individual learn to adjust to social situations and act appropriately
          • Camp, teen tours, group communication
      • Psychopharmalogical interventions
      • NO CURE!
    • What Can Cause All this? The debate…
      • *NOT BAD PARENTING!
      • Genetics (still a lot of research in Progress)
        • Family inheritance on father’s side
      • Studies of brain
        • Right lobe studies using MRI’s
            • Research done in 1994 and 1995
            • Disability with right hemisphere
            • Right front lobe especially deals with “social rules”
      • Other Findings
        • Birth problems, lack of oxygen
        • central nervous system dysfunction
    • An Interview with Asperger’s
      • Autism is: being present in this world, But not entirely of it. I am one step removed and curled, The switch just doesn't click.
      • I perform the role of my perception, And play many parts so well. But minus files for my redemption, My part in life I cannot tell.
      • Life is like a video, I watch but cannot partake. My uneven skills are but an echo, Of the frustrations which I hate!
      • However, my focused use of time and space, I would not give away. I know that I am especially placed, For some developed career one day!
      • Wendy Lawson & her story
        • always new she was different
        • Very difficult to make friends
        • No flexibility
        • Obsessions of interests
          • animals and insects
        • Tinted glasses
        • Only cotton
        • Can’t read body language
        • Social skills by trial and error
        • Uncomfortable when not in control
    • Fact or Myth?
      • ALL PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME ARE EXACTLY THE SAME?
      • False
      • ASPERGER’S SYNDROME IS HIGH FUNCTION AUTISM
      • True
      • ALL PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME CAN HAVE MEANINGFUL JOBS AND LIVE INDEPENDENTLY
      • False
      • IF YOU CAN FIX THE BEHAVIORS OF PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME, YOU CAN CURE THE DISORDER
      • False
      • SOME PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME DESIRE FRIENDSHIP
      • True
      • FROM A CROWD OF PEOPLE I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PICK THE PERSON WITH ASPERGER’S OUT
      •  
      • True!
    • Asperger’s In History…Surprised?
      • Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton
    • Works Cited
      • http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/asperger.htm
      • http:// img.nesteklikk.no/2005-14/medium/56555.jpg
      • http://img.pathfinder.gr/CMAN/i/61/0/26-5.jpg
      • http://www. learningdiscoveries . org/Aspergers . htm
      • www.scarfuk.co.uk/ images/image2.gif
      • http://mugsy.org/wendy/wendy13.jpg
      • http://www. aspergers .com/
      • http://info.med. yale . edu/chldstdy/autism/aspergers .html
      • http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/asperger.htm
      • http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/1807/criteria.html