Asperger’s syndrome or Asperger is a developmental disability that affects a person’s ability in understanding the world and the way they interact with others. They see, hear and feel their surroundings, basically everything differently than the other people. Once you have Asperger’s syndrome, you have it for life. Asperger’s syndrome is not curable as it is not a disease.
Individuals who have Asperger’s syndrome are of average or above average intelligence. Unlike the learning disabilities of autistic people, Asperger’s have specific learning concerns. Though they don’t have any problems with speech, they have difficulties with understanding language and responding appropriately to it. Furthermore, Asperger’s have additional mental health issues or other conditions that would require different types and levels of support.
Some people with Asperger’s syndrome are overwhelmed with what’s going on around them, causing them to feel very anxious which will affect their ability to function when in groups such as school or office. Though not all individuals with Asperger’s syndrome exhibit these characteristics, they may have at least one of two of the following:
- Cannot develop social or peer relationship with people their age such as kids is more comfortable in the company of adults.
- Strict adherence to routines. They are easily upset if they can’t follow their routine each day.
- Cannot communicate well with others including nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, gestures, body posture, facial expression and more.
- Increase fascinations with routes and maps.
- Very preoccupied with a particular subject and knows a lot of information related to the topic.
- Inappropriate response to social conversations.
- Hyperlexia or able to read at a very early age.
- Motor mannerisms are repetitive.
Often misdiagnosed or misunderstood, individuals with Asperger’s syndrome can be a target for teasing and bullying. They do have the desire to fit in and have more friends but experiences great anxiety especially during social events or gatherings.
If you think you are suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Asperger’s Syndrome as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).