Hi, I’m Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. And I want to thank you for signing up for my newsletter. In this first issue I want to discuss…
What is Asperger’s syndrome?
But first, I want to tell you what you will be receiving from me in the next few weeks. I will send you emails with critical information you need to survive and succeed with Asperger’s. As promised when you signed up for my newsletter, I am giving you a free copy of my Special Report…
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I started my quest to learn everything possible about how to live successfully with Asperger’s because of my son, Alex, who has Asperger’s .
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 Asperger’s 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 Asperger’s syndrome 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 first paperback book, ‘The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide – What You and Your Family Need Know’. I now have four books which will help solve problems for your teenagers, adults and a special new book, New Hope for Autism – 15 Successful Strategies Moms Don’t Know which tells you about solutions every mom must know!
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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 Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism 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 Asperger’s and illness or just a different kind of personality?
- Can you ‘catch’ Asperger’s and is there a cure?
- What are the signs of Asperger’s?
- 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 Asperger’s?
- Why does it often take years to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome?
- How can I get a diagnosis of Asperger’s for an Adult?
- How can I be certain that that my loved one has Asperger’s and not some other condition?
- What are the most effective ways to treat Asperger’s?
- 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 Asperger’s child has terrible social skills. What should I do?
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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 Asperger’s is a unique individual with a unique personality and individual issues, Asperger’s kids have similar symptoms (i.e., challenges in the following areas):
1. Social Functioning
2. Sensory Issues
3. Obsessive Interests
Let’s talk about difficulties with social functioning. An individual with Asperger’s 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 Asperger’s 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.
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 Asperger’s 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 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 Asperger’s 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 Asperger’s 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.
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 Asperger’s 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 Asperger’s 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 hardworking 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.