What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's Syndrome was named for the Austrian doctor, Hans Asperger, who first described the disorder in 1944. Asperger's Syndrome was not recognized by mental health professionals until 1994 when it was first entered into the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). However, the newest version of DSM-5 (2013) has removed Asperger Syndrome and categorized as an Autism Disorder (mild to severe). Asperger’s Syndrome is commonly known to involve conditions that develop delays in many basic skills.
These basic skills lack the ability to socialize, communicate effectively, use facial expressions and gestures, understand body language while taking things literally and out of context and little eye contact.
What are the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome?
Poor social skills: Individuals have difficulty and seem awkward in a social setting. Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty making friends.
Repetitive behaviors: Individuals with this behavior may rock, bounce, twist fingers, or shake their hands back and forth.
Unusual rituals: Individuals may have unusual rituals like always eating at the same time or watching a particular television show. Individuals are usually inflexible and uncompromising.
Lack of noticing non-verbal communication: Individuals make very little eye contact and has trouble understanding non-verbal cues and gestures.
Minimal areas of interest: Individual’s develop an obsessive interest in area’s that interest them.
Problems with coordination: Individuals seem awkward or clumsy. Some individuals have terrible handwriting skills.
Sensitivity: Some individuals may develop sensitivity. This can be anything from certain clothes, texture of foods, light, and sound.
Skilled or talented: Many people with Asperger's Syndrome are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music, math, and writing. Most tend to have a Genius IQ.
What this means to employers
Focus and diligence – The Asperger Syndrome ability to focus on tasks for a long period of time without needing supervision or incentive is legendary.
Internal motivation – as opposed to being motivated by praise, money, bills or acceptance. This ensures a job done with conscience, with personal pride.
Visual, three-dimensional thinking – some with Asperger Syndrome are very visual in their thought processes, which lends itself to countless useful and creative applications.
Attention to detail and Honesty– sometimes with painstaking perfection and no sugar coating.
Logic over emotion – although people with Asperger Syndrome are very emotional at times, we spend so much time ‘computing’ in our minds that we get quite good at it. We can be very logical in our approach to problem-solving and perfectionist.