'Difference can only feel threatening if it exists within
the absence of acceptance and understanding'
Maxine Aston (2008)
Asperger's Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that falls within the autistic spectrum. It is a life-long condition, which affects about 1 in 100 people, more commonly in men than women. Those with Asperger's syndrome are usually of average or above average intelligence.
The condition is characterised by difficulties with social interaction, social communication and flexibility of thinking or imagination. In addition, there may be sensory, motor and organisational difficulties.
This condition was first identified over 50 years ago by Hans Asperger, a Viennese paediatrician.
A pattern of behaviours and abilities was identified, predominantly amongst boys, including a lack of empathy, impaired imagination, difficulty in making friends, intense absorption in a special interest and often problems with motor co-ordination.
Whilst people with Asperger's Syndrome will exhibit some or all of these characteristics to a greater or lesser degree, many tend to experience isolation and a lack of understanding in their everyday lives, which may result in, depression, frustration, anger or a lack of self-esteem.
My view of Asperger syndrome is that it is simply a different way of thinking and thought processing. Asperger syndrome only affects a small part of the brain and, similar to dyslexia, does not change personality. It will not make a person good or bad, nice or nasty, that is down to personality and individual choices.
Having Asperger syndrome will cause difficulties in specific areas and skills. These skills being social interaction, communication and the ability to mind read or being able to put oneself in anothers 'mind-state' and see things from their perspective.