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♥ WHAT IS ASPERGER'S SYNDROME? ♥
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☮...This is my logo for the Aspie, an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome. AS PIEces of a PIE, join us in peace, using ALtERNativE Reasoning. Become a leArner. Aspies are emotionally different. This is represented by the A and S dots for eyes, and a horizontal line for our expression. It represents an ASpie face. Aspies may not make eye contact, and you may misunderstand them by looking at theirs. Their facial expression may not reflect what you expect. We try to put pieces of different information together to reason out a puzzle. This is represented by the alternative upper and lower case letters. The colors represent; spectrum pieces, and how they are different, but still fit in together to solve the pie chart. These ASPIE PIE PIEces, because of their differences, create a peace sign. AS PIEces of a PIE, all of these PIEces of information fit in together AS PEACE. We strive to get along with others who operate differently. Understanding and tolerating each-others differences, are AS PIEces of a PIE, fitting together in PEACE. Notice that that the name ASpie is incorporated into the phrase "AS PIEces". The pieces represent how ASpies make valuable contributions to society if we all come together. We can all fit in to make a pie in ☮  peace, and each share a piece of it. We are not NT-social. We are Aspie-social. We are not a different species called "Homo Aspien". We are all Homo Sapiens.

 

☮...Both the graphic design symbol for Nuclear Disarmament and Andrew I. Lerner were established or born on 2/21/1958. Now it is known and used as the "Peace" symbol.

 

 

♥... Asperger’s Syndrome is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people.

♥... Asperger’s Syndrome is often described as a 'spectrum disorder' because the condition affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees.

♥... Asperger’s Syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. 

People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas. They are:

♥.... social communication....♥
♥...... social interaction ......♥
♥...... social imagination .....♥

♥... While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger‘s syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy. 

♥... With the right support and encouragement, people with Asperger’s syndrome can lead full and independent lives.




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♥ CHARACTERISTICS ♥
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The characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome vary from one person to another but are generally divided into three main groups

♥.. DIFFICULTY WITH SOCIAL COMMUNICATION ..♥
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"If you have Asperger’s syndrome, understanding conversation is like trying to understand a foreign language."

People with Asperger’s syndrome sometimes find it difficult to express themselves emotionally and socially. For example, they may:

♥… Have difficulty understanding gestures, facial expressions or tone of voice 

♥… Have difficulty knowing when to start or end a conversation and choosing topics to talk about 

♥… Use complex words and phrases but may not fully understand what they mean 

♥… Be very literal in what they say and can have difficulty understanding jokes, metaphor and sarcasm. For Example, a person with Asperger’s syndrome may be confused by the phrase 'That's cool' when people use it to say something is good.

♥… In order to help a person with Asperger’s syndrome understand you, keep your sentences short - be clear and concise.


♥..DIFFICULTY WITH SOCIAL INTERACTION..♥
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"I have difficulty picking up social cues, and difficulty in knowing what to do when I get things wrong."

Many people with Asperger’s syndrome want to be sociable but have difficulty with initiating and sustaining social relationships, which can make them very anxious. People with the condition may:

♥… Struggle to make and maintain friendships 

♥… Not understand the unwritten 'social rules' that most of us pick up without thinking. For example, they may stand too close to another person, or start an inappropriate topic of conversation 

♥… Find other people unpredictable and confusing 

♥… Become withdrawn and seem uninterested in other people, appearing almost aloof 

♥… Behave in what may seem an inappropriate manner



♥..DIFFICULTY WITH SOCIAL IMAGINATION..♥
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"We have trouble working out what other people know. We have more difficulty guessing what other people are thinking."

People with Asperger’s syndrome can be imaginative in the conventional use of the word. For example, many are accomplished writers, artists and musicians. But people with Asperger’s syndrome can have difficulty with social imagination. This can include:

♥… Finding it hard to predict what will happen next and Imagining alternative outcomes to situations.

♥… Reading other people's facial expressions and body language and understanding other people's thoughts, feelings, actions.

♥… Having a limited range of imaginative activities, which can be pursued rigidly and repetitively e.g. lining up toys or collecting and organising things related to his or her interest.

♥… Some children with Asperger’s syndrome may find it difficult to play 'let's pretend' games or prefer subjects rooted in logic and systems, such as mathematics.

♥…Intense Interests

♥…Love of routines

♥…Sensitive to loud noises, textures, foods and situations.

♥…Compulsive Movements



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♥ WHAT CAUSES ASPERGER’S SYNDROME? ♥
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The exact cause of Asperger’s syndrome is still being investigated. However, research suggests that a combination of factors - genetic and environmental - may account for changes in brain development.

Asperger’s syndrome is not caused by a person's upbringing, their social circumstances and is not the fault of the individual with the condition

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♥ IS THERE A CURE ♥
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There is currently no cure and no specific treatment for Asperger’s syndrome. Children with Asperger’s syndrome become adults with Asperger’s syndrome. However, as our understanding of the condition improves and services continue to develop, people with Asperger’s syndrome have more opportunity than ever of reaching their full potential

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♥ WHAT IS AUTISM ♥
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People with autism have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events which they struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety. In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family and social life may be harder for them. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, and some people with autism may wonder why they are 'different'.



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♥ How is Asperger’s syndrome diagnosed? ♥
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Asperger's syndrome is usually not diagnosed until a child is at least 3 years old, when social problems become apparent, although it may be diagnosed earlier. A diagnosis is based on a careful history of the child’s development, psychological and psychiatric assessments, communication tests, and the parents’ and clinicians’ shared observations.



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♥ Some Famous People With A.S ♥
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Albert Einstein
Bill Gates 
Alfred Hitchcock 
Dan Aykroyd 
Jim Henson 


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♥ STRENGTHS ♥
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People with Asperger’s syndrome often exhibit the following features:

♥.. Able to speak fluently and knowledgeably about specific subjects. 

♥.. Good at memorising facts and figures about a specialised subject. 

♥.. A high ability to focus and concentrate. 

♥.. A tendency not to gossip. 

♥.. Honesty and Directness. 

♥.. Conscientiousness and dedication. 

♥.. Tolerance of predictable work. 

♥.. Reliability with regard to completing routine tasks 

♥.. Intuitive and logical thinking 

♥.. Can often visualise things from a perspective that most neurotypical people are incapable of visualising 

♥.. Regularly notice small details overlooked by most neurotypical people 

♥.. A person with Asperger’s syndrome can develop productive areas of specialisation in employment or in education. Those with talents in specific fields are more likely to succeed and flourish with understanding and forward planning


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♥.... SUGGESTED BOOKS ....♥
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I Want To Be Like You
by Travis Breeding.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
by Mark Haddon.

Asperger Syndrome: 
by Lorna Wing.

Can my Baby Learn to Dance 
by Steven Gutstein.

The Way I See It 
by Temple Grandin.

All Cats Have Aspergers 
by Kathy Hoopmann.

The Incredible 5 point scale 
by Michelle Garcia Winner.

Complete Guide To Aspergers 
by Dr Atwood.

A Friend like Henry 
by Nuala Garner.

The London Eye Mystery 
by Siobhan Dowd.

The Blue Bottle Mystery 
by Kathy Hoopman.

Elijah's Cup
by Valerie Paradiz.

Nobody Nowhere 
by Donna Williams.

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome 
by Luke Jackson.

Look Me in the Eye 
by John Elder Robison.

An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions
by Ian Stuart-Hamilton.

Smiling at Shadows 
by Junee Waites.

Eating an Artichoke
by Echo Fling.

Life Behind Glass
by Wendy Lawson.

House Rules
by Jodi Piccoult.

Dear John
by Nicholas Sparks.

Pretending To Be Normal
by Lianne Holliday.

Communication Issues In Autism And Aspergers Syndrome
by Olga Bogdashina.

Finding Kansas 
by Aaron Likens.

Martian In The Playground
by Claire Sainsbury.

Wicked Good
by Joanne Lewis.

A Catch Me Tickle Me Gene
by Scott Hough.

Atypical : Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 chapters
by Jesse A. Saperstein.

Born on a Blue Day
by Daniel Tammet.

Be Different
by John Elder Robison.

A Painful Gift - The Journey of a Soul with Autism
by Chris Goodchild.

The London Eye Mystery
by Siobhan Dowd.

Congratulations, It's Asperger Syndrome
by Jen Birch.

Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults
by Zosia Zaks.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
by Ellen Notboh.

The Chrysalids
by John Wyndham.

Bye Bye Balloon - Introductory Guide To Asperger's
by Carlene Inge.

Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Tony Attwood.

Lost in School 
by Dr Ross Greene.

One Small Starfish
by Anne Addison.

Born on a Blue Day
by Daniel Tammet.

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome
by Kathy Hoopmann.

Thinking in Pictures
by Temple Grandin.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide
by Dawn Huebner.

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck
by Dawn Huebner.

Asperger's Answer Book
by Susan Ashley PhD.

Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? 
by Jude Welton.

The Other Country
by Michael Whelan.

Socially Curious and Curiously Social 
by Michelle Winner & Pamela Crooke.

Friendships The Aspie Way
by Wendy Lawson.

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♥... SUGGESTED FILMS ...♥
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Mozart And The Whale.   

Adam.   

The Black Balloon.   

Snow Cake.   

Amelie.  

Temple Grandin.   

Mary and Max.   

Where The Wild Things Are.   

Billy The Kid.   

Malcolm.   

Lars and the Real Girl.   

The Boy Inside.   

Magnificent 7 (BBC).   

Ben X.Running Boy.   

Make Me Normal (CH4).   

The Autistic Me (BBC).   

My Name is Khan.   

A Child Is Waiting.   

Horse Boy.   

Parenthood (TV).

 

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