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Hi, I'm Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the question ...

What is Asperger's syndrome?

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I started my quest to learn everything possible about how to live successfully with Aspergers because of my son, Alex, who has Aspergers. 

Through our research, experience with therapists, and much trial-and-error, my wife and I have slowly and painstakingly learned the secrets to helping Alex develop friendships and succeed in life. 

I want to share these secrets with you. 

Success Strategies Not Available Anywhere Else

I gathered a TON of great information that is essential for any parent, professional or loved one with Asperger's syndrome. 

Much of this information is NOT available anywhere else because I got this information from interviewing parents, teachers and people with Aspergers who shared with me what works and what does not. 

In my research, much of the information I found on the Internet or in books was either too technical and written for doctors, or was very superficial. It did not answer the questions we had and did not tell me what actually worked. 

I wanted the truth from people who lived with Aspergers day in and day out.  After years of work I gained experience and I slowly found out the secrets to success. 

Many parents, teachers and professional who saw this information told me to write a book and share this valuable information. This resulted in my paperback book, 'The Aspergerís Syndrome Survival Guide - What You and Your Family Need Know'. 

My book, completed in 2008, and has all of the most currently available answers to help a loved one survive and thrive with Aspergers. Click on the following link (or paste it into your browser) to get more information immediately:

www.AspergersSociety.org

My Newsletter

In my newsletter series I will be sharing with you the answers to questions parents, teachers and loved ones have asked me. 

You will get great answers on surviving Aspergers and building a loving, successful life. 

Some of the questions that I will be answering in future newsletters include: 

  • What is Asperger's Syndrome?

  • Is Aspergers and illness or just a different kind of personality?

  • Can you 'catch' Aspergers and is there a cure?

  • What are the signs of Aspergers?

  • How can I stop meltdowns when routines change?

  • How do I help my child understand subtle speech patterns like sarcasm?

  • What steps should I take to see if I or my loved one has Aspergers?

  • Why does it often take years to diagnose Aspergerís Syndrome?

  • How can I get a diagnosis of Aspergers for an Adult?

  • How can I be certain that that my loved one has Aspergers and not some other condition?

  • What are the most effective ways to treat Aspergers?

  • How can I help my loved one who has overly sensitive hearing?

  • What treatments help with sensitivity to touch or having problems with the feeling of clothing?

  • How can I help my son understanding jokes, kidding, hidden messages, anything that is not extremely literal and explicit?

  • My Aspergers child has terrible social skills. What should I do?

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If you want all of the answers to these questions plus many more, then look at 'The Aspergers Survival Guide'. 

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www.AspergersSociety.org 

 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Teens and Young Adults discusses bullying, anxiety, depression and what to do about it. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/articles/teen_book.htm

So let's get started. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the question ...

What is Asperger's syndrome?

Let's start with the basics. Asperger's Syndrome is a developmental disability. That means it is something you are born with, that affects the way you develop, and the way you understand the world.

While every person with Aspergers is a unique individual with a unique personality and individual issues, Aspergers kids have similar symptoms (i.e., challenges in the following areas):

     1. SOCIAL FUNCTIONING

     2. SENSORY ISSUES

     3. OBSESSIVE INTERESTS

     4. ROUTINE

 SOCIAL FUNCTIONING

Let's talk about difficulties with social functioning. An individual with Aspergers will often have difficulties with social functioning, whether that's a child having difficulty getting along with other kids on the playground, or an adult not understanding office politics. After interviewing hundreds of parents for my book, I have found that the single most common symptom among kids who had been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome is poor social functioning.

Your child probably will prefer to play by himself instead of with others. He likely will have difficulty making friends. He won't understand social cues.

The social grace and "hidden social messages" we take for granted are like a foreign language to someone with Aspergers. Another common symptom are sensory issues.

SENSORY ISSUES

He will also likely have sensory issues, such as thinking something is too loud, that fabric is too rough, or that something is moving too fast or smells bad. These issues are also very common--especially oversensitive to light, sound, even smells. In adults, these issues often translate into their environment. It is often very difficult for someone with Aspergers to work in a noisy chaotic office. Papers rustling, phones ringing or even the smell of a co-worker's perfume can be overwhelming to these sensitive souls.  

Many "Aspies" (a term often used for those with Asperger's syndrome) have a lot of difficulty with the feel of their clothing.  Many moms have told me that they only buy clothes from thrift stores for their children because they are much softer and worn.  Others have to wash pairs of jeans 10 or 20 times before they can be worn by their son or daughter.  Adults can have challenges with suits or ties.

These issues can be overwhelming, especially to a child, but help is available, as you will soon see.

OBSESSIVE INTERESTS

Obsessive interests are typical. And this focus on one subject to the exclusion of others, often contributes to their social isolation. Obsessive interests are part and parcel of Aspergers syndrome and most children with Asperger's have special interests that they talk about all the time. One child might be obsessed with train schedules. Another with World War II history. A third with volcanoes. And so on.

The inability to truly be interested in a wide range of subjects contributes to a child's social isolation especially when kids start school. While their friends are talking about sports or Pokemon, the Aspergers youngster may exclusively talk about trains.  It doesn't take long before his or her school mates loose interest in both the subject of trains AND in your child.

ROUTINE

Aspies are often fixated on routines. Insistence on routine is nearly universal. It is possible that any change in routine can cause a meltdown. Yet this insistence on sticking to routine helps someone with Aspergers feel grounded. But many parents feel that this fixation with routine can be to the extreme. With children, even small deviations from routines, such as sitting at a different place around the dinner table, can cause a meltdown.

Most kids with Aspergers need to know when everything is happening in order not to feel completely overwhelmed. If there will be a change in your child's routine (such as a vacation), tell him or her in advance.  Write down what you will do, where you will go, what time you will leave, etc.  The more that your child can understand what the changes will be, the easier it will be for him or her to accept them.

 

But there is hope!

This does not mean it is all bad. Those with Asperger's are usually very honest and are hard working when it is something they are interested in. They are loving and intelligent in their own way. They often have excellent memories and are not afraid to think for themselves. Most do very well in school, especially in math and science.  If channeled correctly, the obsession with a particular subject can result in a highly valued employee to the right employer.

 

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For additional information on Asperger's Syndrome go to the web site  www.AspergersSociety.org. There you will be able to sign up for the free Aspergers newsletter as well as get additional information on the best selling book, The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide.

Craig Kendall is the father of an Asperger's child and the author of "The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide". You can find more information about living with Asperger's Syndrome by contacting him on this site: www.AspergersSociety.org

 

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