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Asperger's Syndrome

  1. -Asperger's Syndrome Gains DSM Code of "Autistic Spectrum Disorder" (
      "Although some autistic people function extremely well (the livestock expert Temple Grandin has helped change her field), others affected by the disorder need lifelong care for basic needs. The change will likely cause considerable debate, however, since the diagnosis is a requirement for access to some of the educational and social services that make up this care, and it’s not clear yet how the change in definition will affect such eligibility in the future." 12-12

  2. Asperger Syndrome ( - Kirby)
      Provides a definition. "Persons with AS show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often the individual with AS has difficulty determining proper body space. Often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, the person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see. It's important to remember that the person with AS perceives the world very differently. Therefore, many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior, and most certainly not the result of 'improper parenting'." Visitors sometimes misspell as Asberger, Asburger, Aspurger, Ashpurger, Aspurgher, Haspurger, Ashburger, Asburgher, or Hasburger. 02-06

  3. Asperger's Syndrome (
      Provides links and key words associated with the disorder. Visitors sometimes misspell as Asberger, Asburger, Aspurger, Ashpurger, Aspurgher, Haspurger, Ashburger, Asburgher, or Hasburger. 9-01

  4. Asperger's Syndrome Does Not Create Violence (CBS News)
      " 'There's no research to show that people with Asperger's are more prone to act violently,' Laugeson said. 'We do know that people with Asperger's have a lower threshold for handling frustrations, but there's no research connecting premeditated acts or plans of violence.' "

      "It's important to emphasize that their anger makes them more frustrated, but not more likely to commit crimes, Bell added."

      " 'There is essentially no research that has linked autism or Asperger's to violence,' he emphasized. 'People with autism or Asperger's are no more inclined to commit crimes of violence like what took place in Connecticut last week.' " Visitors sometimes misspell as Asberger, Asburger, Aspurger, Ashpurger, Aspurgher, Haspurger, Ashburger, Asburgher, or Hasburger. 9-01

  5. Asperger's Syndrome and Empathy (
      "As posited by Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the theory suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency but, rather, a hypersensitivity to experience, which includes an overwhelming fear response." 11-13

  6. Asperger's Syndrome and the Mirror-Neuron System (American Psychological Association)
      "A new type of neuron--called a mirror neuron--could help explain how we learn through mimicry and why we empathize with others." 12-05.

  7. Asperger's Syndrome and the Mirror-Neuron System (American Psychological Association)
      "New research suggests that a malfunctioning mirror-neuron system could be behind the social isolation of autism."

      "Imitation appears to be the primary function of mirror neurons. People without working mirror neurons would need to analyze a movement before attempting to copy it, while those with a working mirror system can do so automatically. In line with this theory, a decade of research has shown that people with autism tend to have difficulty imitating others, especially when those movements are complex, says Tager-Flusberg." 12-05.

  8. Autism and Bullying (CNN News)
      "A new study finds that children with autism spectrum disorders are bullied far more often than their typically developing peers — nearly five times as often — but parents of autistic kids think the rate is even higher than that." 09-10

  9. Boy Genius With Asperger's Syndrome Has Higher IQ than Einstein (
      "Jacob, called " 'Jake,' her then 3-year-old, had recently stopped talking and had been diagnosed with autism. One day, she dropped him off at a gymnastics class, and, when she returned to pick him up, Barnett, 36, says she found all the other students sitting in a circle, while Jake was curled up and cowering in a corner."

      "When Jake was 8, he jumped from fifth grade to college after teaching himself all the high school math classes -- calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry -- in one week and testing at college-level mathematics, Barnett recalls."

      "Recently, the boy has embarked on his own expanded version of Einstein's theory of relativity. Barnett sent a video of his theory to the renowned Institute for Advanced Study near Princeton University." 04-11

  10. Did Asperger's Cause Amanda Knox to Behave Suspiciously? (
      "Independent experts working on her ongoing appeal said that the traces of DNA used to convict Knox may have been contaminated and are 'unreliable.' "

      "With the DNA evidence excluded, the only substantiation of Knox's guilt includes a possibly coerced confession and her bizarre behavior after being arrested. But could those two things have the same explanation? Is it possible that Knox has an underlying condition — Asperger's syndrome, a less severe form of autism — that caused both her unusual social behavior and a gullibility that triggered a false confession?" 04-11

  11. New Categories of Disorders (
      "Adding Asperger's syndrome to the autism spectrum, eliminating the terms 'substance abuse' and 'dependence' in favor of 'addiction and related disorders,' introducing the condition 'hypersexual disorder' and introducing an assessment of mental illness based on severity are among the proposed changes for the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-5). 02-10

  1. Virtual Opportunities to Practice Social Skills (MSNBC News)
      "Inhabitants of the virtual world 'Brigadoon' mingle together at one of the island's meeting places. The online game offers people with Asperger Syndrome an opportunity to practice their social skills." 10-06


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