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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Laura asks…

Can someone please explain to me what Asperger syndrome is?

I made a new friend and she told me that she had Asperger syndrome I read a little about it online but I still don’t fully understand it 🙁 can someone help me? Please no rude answers!

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I have Asperger’s basically I find it hard to make friends (socialize) , I stick to a very fixed routine which I cannot break. People with Asperger’s often have 1 to 3 obsessions (like Astrology, Trains etc) with me it is the Weather & Animals. Not everyone with Asperger’s is the same. They are tend to clumsy and find it very hard/impossible to make eye-contact with someone. I am of average-intelligence like most Asperger’s suffers. They can be ultra-sensitive to sounds, smell or light. They often take things rather literally like “I feel like killing you” the person with Asperger’s may take this literally and get frightened, although I have learnt that is is just a figure of speech. We find is difficult to read other people’s facial expressions and body language. I could name more traits but I’m too tired. One more thing they often have excellent memories especially with date of births, childhood memories etc. I hope you and your friend have an excellent time together forever.
Take care. Good-bye.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Steven asks…

what are the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

i need to know what the symptoms of Asperger Syndrome are. if antone may know please let me know.

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If you have Asperger’s Syndrome, you might…

…Not pick up on social cues and may lack inborn social skills, such as being able to read others’ body language, start or maintain a conversation, and take turns talking.

…Dislike any changes in routines.

…Appear to lack empathy.

…Be unable to recognize subtle differences in speech tone, pitch, and accent that alter the meaning of others’ speech. Thus, your child may not understand a joke or may take a sarcastic comment literally. Likewise, his or her speech may be flat and difficult to understand because it lacks tone, pitch, and accent.

…Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age. For example, the child may use the word “beckon” instead of “call” or the word “return” instead of “come back.”

…Avoid eye contact or stare at others.

…Have unusual facial expressions or postures.

…Be preoccupied with only one or few interests, which he or she may be very knowledgeable about.

…Be overly interested in parts of a whole or in unusual activities, such as designing houses, drawing highly detailed scenes, or studying astronomy. They may show an unusual interest in certain topics such as snakes, names of stars, or dinosaurs.

…Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized.

….Have delayed motor development. Your child may be late in learning to use a fork or spoon, ride a bike, or catch a ball. He or she may have an awkward walk. Handwriting is often poor.
Have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures. For more information about these symptoms, see sensory integration dysfunction.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Michael asks…

How do you know you have Asperger syndrome?

I suffer from depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I always feel low on myself and feel akward in life. I just seem like i dont want anything to do with relationships, I always have to start trouble if there’s nothing to think about. I cannot look at people. I’m scared of being alone in life. I’m 19 years old?

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Here’s an overview of the symptoms. You probably won’t have every single one of them, but that’s normal.

– Lack of social understanding. This is the underlying problem in some of the the other symptoms.
– Difficulty conversing successfully. This could mean talking too much, talking too little, talking about situationally inappropriate subjects, being excessively and brutally honest, simply not having a clue about what to say, or applying learned conversation skills in an awkward and forced way.
– Difficulty making or keeping friends.
– Limited ability to interpret nonverbal communication like body language and facial expression.
– Difficulty relating to and empathizing with others.
– Trouble making and maintaining eye contact.
– Obsessive interests, usually in odd or narrow subjects.
– Need for sameness and routine. This often resembles OCD.
– Rigid or black-and-white thinking.
– Need for plans and schedules; strong dislike of spontaneity.
– Tendency to interpret things literally. This could manifest as an inability to understand figurative language like metaphor and sarcasm. More subtley, it could mean taking what people say at face value.
– Speaking in a pedantic or overly formal way.
– Speaking in a monotone or otherwise odd intonation.
– Above average intelligence, especially in verbal abilities.
– Motor coordination issues. People with AS are often very clumsy and are slow to acquire skills like tying shoes or riding a bike.
– Sensory sensitivities. Certain kinds of noise, light, texture, etc. Can cause us anything from mild discomfort to extreme pain. We might also be undersensitive to other stimuli, usually pain.
– Inability to filter out background stimuli. We can’t tune out little things like the hum of the computer or the sound of cars driving by, which can be incredibly distracting. This and the aforementioned sensitivites lead to…
– Tendency to get overwhelmed in high-stimulation places like grocery stores or busy streets. This can lead to an uncontrollable meltdown or shut-down.
– Auditory processing problems. Some of us have trouble understanding what people are saying even though our hearing is fine. This is partly to do with the lack of a sensory filter.
– Synesthesia, or crossed senses. For example, I can see sounds.
– Trouble concentrating, organizing, and planning effectively.
– High levels of anxiety and depression.

I recommend reading more about Asperger’s. You might want to take http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php this test. It is NOT a diagnosis, but it could help you understand Asperger’s better. The best thing to do if you research it and still believe you have it is to see a specialist. Your GP should be able to suggest someone. Best of luck!

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Steven asks…

What is the treatment for a child suffering from mild authestism?

Aged 3 yrs old.The child cannot pronounce yet a single word and cannot interact with sound and body language.He is healthy.He is very hyperactive.He was diagnosed to have mild authestism.

admin answers:

You are very lucky to have gotten the diagnosis this young. The younger the interventions begin, the more improvement you can expect. Although nothing cures autism, you can lessen its effects.

You should request your child receive intensive language and speech therapy including a communication system. PECS (picture exchange communication system) is a great way to give your child a way to communicate. You and your family will need to attend training and work on the PECS system with him outside of language/speech therapy. Using a picture communication system will NOT interfere with his learning to use oral language. In fact, using one will support him and may spur his oral language development.

Next, I suggest you find a parent support group in your area. You can look on the internet.

Also, ask for ideas and strategies for meeting your child’s need to move and for any sensory issues that he has.

Good luck and remember all the hard work you are facing will be worth it.

You can contact me at any time via email in my profile.

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How to Bully Proof Your Child With Autism

Does your child have a bully problem? If not, consider yourself lucky that you don’t have a bully to deal with right now but would you and your child be prepared if one should arrive on his or her doorstep tomorrow?

Bullying is difficult for anyone to deal with, regardless of age. All children are targets for bullying but a child on the autism spectrum is especially vulnerable. Due to the fact that the social part of their brain is wired differently, this type of behavior can be very complicated for a child with Autism to understand and deal with. Therefore, they desperately need our guidance in learning how to label bullying behavior and practice in ways to manage it.

Teaching a child with Autism to cope with bullying behavior is imperative in today’s world. Bullies like to target peers that they consider to be weak or passive. Weakness may be determined by physical size but can also be interpreted as someone who is sensitive by nature, has a quiet personality, or seems needy or isolated. Bullies also enjoy taunting a peer who is easily provoked to tears or triggered into a meltdown.

A bully and his or her target are often lacking in social skills but in different ways. Bullies typically know the basics of social skills but for various reasons choose to ignore them and utilize power and force to develop relationships instead. On the other hand, a child with Autism will use appropriate social skills if taught – it’s not that they are intentionally awkward in a social situation or don’t want to make friends – they just don’t know how in many cases.

How do you prepare your child for the negative social interactions she or he may have to deal with?

Studies show that helping your child develop a sense of self-confidence and a mindfulness of body language can help reduce their possibility of being targeted by a bully. You may be doing a lot already to prepare your child for a possible encounter with a bully without knowing it. I invite you to review the following strategies and see if there are any new ideas you can incorporate into your teaching role as parent.

– Help your child be social: Social skills training and teaching your child how to think socially is imperative. Whatever social skills your child is able to acquire will be helpful. At a minimum, knowing what a healthy friendly relationship is like will be a positive asset to many situations. If a child has an accurate sense of what constitutes a friendship he or she will be able to identify and see bullying for what it is right from the start. The sooner one spots a bully the easier it is to deal with.

– Teach assertiveness: Learning how to be appropriately assertive rather than aggressive or passive is one of the best gifts we can give our children. Bullies are counting on their targets to be passive and will not spend time grooming a child who is likely to speak up for her or himself. Teaching your child the word no and how to say it in various forms and ways is crucial. The non-verbal language for assertiveness is just as important and it involves standing straight, using a firm voice and looking someone in the eye – all of which send powerful messages to bullies.

It is a well-known fact that some children with Autism do not like to make eye contact. Try challenging them to determine the ‘color’ of a person’s eyes when talking to them. This a simple distraction technique for an uncomfortable task that will make them appear confident and self-assured.

– Build confidence: Give specific praise each time your autistic child makes an effort to try a new task. “You climbed the ladder by looking at where to put your feet. That’s the safest way to do it!” This gives your child a detailed picture of what she did which makes it easy to replicate for continued success. Hearing that she is climbing the ladder safely and correctly provides her with a feeling of accomplishment that can carry over into other areas.

– Encourage independence: Children who appear capable are less likely to be targeted by individuals who bully others. Bullies actively search for those who are vulnerable, those who seem helpless. Helping our children become as independent as possible is important and we need to be mindful of the tendency to do too much for our children with special needs because it can lead to learned helplessness. Don’t ever hesitate to help your child learn and master a new task if you think they are ready. The feeling of “I can do it” is powerful and will serve as one more layer of protection from the taunts of a bully.

– Address fears: All children have fears that are caused by a number of different sources. Learning to identify and express their fears is crucial to children’s emotional well-being. It is important to give your child language for his fears and various ways to express them such as speaking, signing, drawing, writing or acting them out depending on their abilities. If your child is being bullied you want to make sure he will have the language and the avenue to tell you what is happening in a safe environment.

– Preparation and practice: Whenever time allows, helping your child prepare for new situations will boost their confidence for the real event. New experiences are often difficult for many children with Autism to approach because of their reliance on routine and resistance to change. The first day at preschool or the transition to a new school, can be a worrisome affair to many young children. Because we often fear what is unknown, the more information and practice opportunities we can present to a child, the better the chances will be for success.

Find a social skills curriculum or a book about bullying that will help you and your child practice what to do in the presence of a bully. Bullies are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain takes a humorous approach to bully-proofing yourself and uses lots of pictures which appeal to visual learners.

Also, remember to take the time to discuss bystander behavior with all of your children. One of the most effective interventions for bullying behavior is the response from those who are witnessing it. Bullies often rely on bystanders to help intimidate their target but it can be just as powerful, and often ends the bullying, when a bystander or two supports the child who is being picked on.

Connie Hammer, MSW, parent educator, consultant and coach, guides parents of young children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to uncover abilities and change possibilities. Visit her website http://www.parentcoachingforautism.com/ to get your FREE resources – a parenting e-course, Parenting a Child with Autism – 3 Secrets to Thrive and a weekly parenting tip newsletter, The Spectrum.

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Autism – The Importance of Facial Expressions to an Autistic Child

Part of the problem that Autistic children face in the area of communication is that they are unable to decipher facial expressions in others. A child with Autism will watch you cry, sometimes even wipe your tears off, but for the most part, will have no idea that you are unhappy. A large part of communication for most people is their body language and this includes facial expressions so the fact that the Autistic child can’t understand this increases the difficulty in communication.

There are methods whereby you can actually enable some Autistic children to read facial expressions thereby increasing their own awareness of how people around them are feeling.

Repetition can help the child with Autism learn. By going over the same thing in different settings and at different times you are rooting it in their brain for them to pull out as necessary.

You can make a list of the different frequently used expressions and have it on a small card with the picture beside it for them to refer to in the beginning. The most common being a smile, sad, angry, laughing, scared and thinking face. This helps the child with Autism reference to something.

Another thing that you can do is discuss it with them in language that they can identify with e.g. “When you pat your puppy, you smile right, that means that you are happy.” The child identifies good things like patting the puppy, eating icecream and other things that he/she enjoys as being happy.

Then you can start to reference it to other people so the Autistic child will actually start to look to other people’s faces to see what their expressions are saying e.g. “When you throw food on the floor, does that make your Mom smile?.” When you get a no answer, you could say, “Then your mom is not happy, what does your Mom’s face look like?” And then go on to discuss with the Autistic child the possible meanings of what their mother’s face meant, angry, sad etc.

By doing this, you are reaffirming to the child with Autism that he/she can have more of an idea what a person is feeling by looking at the other person’s face. It actually works two-fold as it also increases eye contact while increasing the Autistic child’s communication skills.

Sometimes the Autistic child will expand on this on their own by asking people if the expression on their face is actually what they are feeling which is great as it shows that they are learning and starting to read expressions for themselves.

Long term, it will lead to the Autistic child being able to understand and communicate more effectively. This will lead to fewer miscommunications and more chances that the child with Autism has to explore not only their own feelings but, to be more sensitive to the feelings of others.

Donna Mason has been a Registered Nurse for the past 16 years. She is the mother of 6 children, 3 of whom have varying degrees of Autism. For more information on Autism signs and symptoms, and to learn more about this mother’s battle in the fight against this misunderstood condition, visit us on the web at: http://www.autisticadventures.blogspot.com

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How to Flirt and Get a Date! – Autism Talk TV 20

How to Flirt and Get a Date! – Autism Talk TV 20
Posted on Tuesday, June 26 @ 02:48:01 EDT by WrongPlanet Audio Alex Plank FlirtsIn this episode of Autism Talk TV, I discuss flirting and dating with Dr. Liz Laugeson from UCLA’s PEERS Program. This is the first episode of our social skills series we filmed at The Help Group. And the best part about this episode is that I demonstrate asking out a REAL girl!

Liz first walks me through the process of flirting which involves making eye contact, smiling, and then looking away right when the other person smiles and notices you.

Next we go over asking a girl or guy out on a date which involves finding a common interest and suggesting something that relates to that common interest. There’s more to it but you’ll have to watch to find out all the tips and tricks relating to body language, eye-contact, and what to say!

Watch the episode to learn about flirting and dating!

UCLA’s PEERS Program is located in Los Angeles, CA
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Ak! I’ve apparently been unintentionally flirting with loads of people over the course of my life! How are you supposed to not flirt, then?! If someone looks at me and smiles, how am I supposed to not smile and look away out of nervousness or not wanting to stare? I need more information!!!
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by MakaylaTheAspie Tuesday, June 26 @ 13:38:07 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) Oh… that looks a little awkward to me. At least it can be done!
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by Washi Tuesday, June 26 @ 13:57:50 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) What, you mean you’re not supposed to wait for the co-worker you’ve had a crush on for the last year to put in his two weeks notice and casually ask for his email on his last day of work and tell him how you feel inviting him to ask you out in an email because you figure if the feeling isn’t mutual you never have to see him again? And then be mortified when he decides he’s keeping his job after all and shows up for work the next day but he hasn’t checked his email yet? Oh well, that way wound up working for me anyway.
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by momsparky Tuesday, June 26 @ 18:22:50 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) This is great stuff – keep it up, please!
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by AScomposer13413 Tuesday, June 26 @ 22:05:39 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) While I do love how concise the video is and love that there’s a visual example to follow along with, there’s one thing it overlooked (unless you’re planning to cover it in another video) – that scenario isn’t always going to be the standard when it comes to flirting. The only reason why I knew personally it was happening was because it was explicitly stated. When you’re acting on it in the moment, there are LOTS of shades of grey, especially when you’re trying to flirt with someone you just met. I’d suggest covering it in a later video, if you can.
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by Ai_Ling Wednesday, June 27 @ 00:34:18 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) The thing I dont like is that, it seems awkward to ask someone you just met randomly on a date. If a guy that I know nothing about starts hitting on me, its creepy most of the time. I would prefer to get to know them in a more non-pressure way. Being female, the way the girl subtly demonstrates interest took me “years” to figure out.

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by LadySera Wednesday, June 27 @ 12:41:18 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) I’ll watch one of these when it addresses how a girl is supposed to flirt back & act uninterested (when she actually is interested) because that’s something I’ve never mastered. I’m not settling for someone I’m not at all attracted to. Those are the only times guys think I’m flirting. “You’re playing hard to get”. No, I’m playing no get cuz you’re 20 years older than me and have 5 baby mamas. I’m sure if I were a male aspie (I’m fairly attractive, as was my father who I now believe is an aspie & he did just fine in that department) I could pick someone up way easier. I know it’s that same argument that happens on here all of the time. Believe me I grew up on YM & Cosmo & then read every dating book in the library, some of us are just hopeless.
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by StuckWithin Wednesday, June 27 @ 22:39:17 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) Interesting, but even recognizing these signs doesn’t preclude reading a person’s intentions correctly if they choose to be insincere or to give a certain impression but not really mean it. That’s where one can get into some really vague situations. As always, follow your heart – but listen to your gut 🙂

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Taking a Look at Aspergers Symptoms

Aspergers syndrome is on the range of behaviors classified as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Aspergers is considered to be at the high end of functioning for patients suffering from autism. Diagnosis at this end of the range can sometimes be difficult because symptoms can be subtle depending on the functionality of the involved individual.

The behaviors known to make up the spectrum of autism are very much social in nature. They can be detected in familial interactions as well as alone time. It is the social implications of the behaviors that speak to the necessity of its early diagnosis.

Probably the most commonly known symptom for autism comes in the form of repetitive behaviors. This particular symptom can be seen all across the spectrum. It is the degree to which such patterns are practiced as well as what it takes to cause cessation that can be useful in determining the severity of the disease.

Obviously, if an individual is so committed to knocking his/her head against the wall that he/she cannot be distracted, functioning is very much impaired and diagnosis would be on the low end of the spectrum. However, repetitive behaviors practiced on a much smaller scale can be seen by observers as annoyances instead of symptoms. That can be a problem for an undiagnosed aspergers victim.

Other symptoms of Aspergers are not so obvious. Individuals afflicted can have problems with social interactions and may present like they are not even interested in them. Difficulties with communication can look like speech issues when they could in fact be caused by an inability to read body language or other skills necessary for conversation.

Creative play, abstract thinking, and changing course outside their little box can be very difficult too making interactive play and teamwork a struggle. Aspergers kids can also be very literal setting them up to not understand the nuances of communication and cooperation. Understanding the concept of sharing and the importance of empathy can all be challenging to grasp.

Any combination of these aspergers symptoms leaves an afflicted person with a list of behaviors that interfere with social interactions and prevent relationship building. Despite the fact many look like they don’t care about relationships, most want to fit in just like the rest of us. Early intervention to teach necessary social skills can give those diagnosed with Asperger’s Sypmtoms the tools they need to lead happy, productive lives.

If you would like to know more, check out the many resources available on the web, and do not forget to view the Asperger’s Sypmtoms

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How Adults With Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome Can Land a Great Job

When you have Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high functioning autism, the job search and especially the interview can be markedly more difficult than for typical peers. You may be a smart, experienced candidate with great work ethics, but how are you supposed to get that across to the interviewer?

Some people on the autism spectrum have trouble looking others in the eye, they may fidget during job interviews or they may come across as if they are not serious and engaged. They may have trouble communicating in a way that shows the employer just how much they are really capable of. Here are some tips that might help.

Adults with Asperger’s syndrome – 7 Job Search Tips

1. The Internet can help especially for adults with Asperger’s syndrome

These days, a lot of advertisements for jobs are posted on the Internet. This eliminates the need for a daily paper or more complicated ways of searching (although you still should use those to complement your Internet searches if you don’t find something right away).

Use the Internet to make an initial list of jobs that look good to you, and then start calling or filling out applications. The Internet in many cases means you don’t have to send out physical applications, streamlining and making the whole process a lot easier. Make sure you look at Craigslist.org which lists job opportunities by city.

2. Consider a job where you can telecommute

For an adult with Asperger’s syndrome, there are many advantages to a job where you telecommute versus a traditional office job. The most obvious one for adults with Asperger’s syndrome is that body language, and reading other people’s non-verbal language is rarely an issue. Many telecommuting jobs even let you interview over the telephone, which allows your best traits to come out. No worrying about looking the interviewer in the eye, fidgeting, or where to put your hands.

There are many jobs that allow for telecommuting, from writing and artistic endeavors to computer programming. There are some companies where most employees telecommute… that is, they will send you whatever equipment you need to do your job, and you do it from home. That is quite useful because you can apply for national jobs no matter where you live.

Not having to deal with office politics, at least as overtly, and being in an environment where you don’t have to worry about sensory issues are also other advantages for adults with Asperger’s syndrome. You can try to use Google to find these jobs.

A few websites list a wide variety of jobs where companies post listing, you respond over the internet and are hired over the internet. There is no actual in-person communication. A great site which lists many jobs in writing, computer programming, website work, and graphics design (all great jobs for adults with Asperger’s syndrome) is Elance.com. Another is freelancer.com.

3. Take advantage of every opportunity in your area

If you can find recruiters to interview with that might be able to hook you up with a good job, then go for it. A recruiter (or “head hunter”) may be able to help an adult with Asperger’s syndrome navigate the challenge of the interview process. Most recruiters make a commission if you are hired. And they will talk directly with the hiring company, on your behalf, to try and explain or overcome issues that the company may have with you in order to get you hired.

If your local employment center offers networking classes or events, then try them out. If you have access to any sort of interview preparation programs either on the computer or in person, then practice, practice, practice. There may be some government assistance offered to those with a formal diagnosis of autism so ask at your local employment office. Even though it may seem pointless or fruitless in the short term, leave no stone unturned in your effort to find a job and successfully apply for it.

4. Practice, practice, practice

It goes without saying that the interview is the most important part of this process.

Find someone who will practice interviewing with you. Practice over and over again, until you can answer interview questions in your sleep. Look up common questions on the Internet.

Common questions include those about your strengths and weaknesses, particular instances of times when you delivered superior performance or used problem solving skills to solve a unique and difficult problem in your previous job.

When asked about your weaknesses, minimize them. Say something like “Some people say I take my work too seriously.” You don’t want them to know what your actual weaknesses are, but you don’t want to say nothing, either.

5. Adults with Asperger’s syndrome are visual so video tape your practice interviews

Adults with Asperger’s syndrome are often very visual. If you could see yourself as you practice interview, you can see ways to improve. If you have a video camera, or if your phone takes videos, have a friend or family member video tape you while you practice your interview. Watching the video can help you see ways to improve. You may see that you are fidgeting or picking at your nose! Things that you did not realize as you practiced.

6. Don’t worry – you can succeed!

The job search and interview process will drive most people crazy sooner or later. Adults with Asperger’s syndrome, in particular, often have high anxiety levels and worry a lot. You may feel that there is so much to worry about… Did I do this right? Could I have done this better? Did I say the wrong thing? And so forth.

Find some ways to let off steam after an interview. Do something you enjoy. Hopefully you have people who can listen to you and give you support during this process. Remember, it’s not easy for anyone. Don’t isolate yourself…reach out for help.

7. Other Tips

Research the company ahead of time so you can appear knowledgeable about what they do.

Try to look the interviewer in the eye if possible, or look at the tip of his or her nose if looking the person in the eye is uncomfortable. Most with Asperger’s syndrome have a nearly impossible time looking someone in the eye. But this is very important. At least look at the tip of the interviewer’s nose…they will never know the difference.

Ask someone for tips on how to dress appropriately. You might even want to go into the office ahead of time to see what style others are wearing, and try to copy it.

Practice being short and to the point, and not going on for too long.

On your resume, don’t feel compelled to put every miscellaneous job you have ever had (unless you haven’t had much job experience.) Only put the most relevant things, and only put jobs where you are fairly certain you would get a good reference.

Remember that as difficult as this is, you will get through it. Many have been in your shoes. Somewhere out there, there is a match for your talents, interests and skills. You just have to be patient and try not to lose hope, and meanwhile keep practicing those interview skills!

And for further tips and techniques to help an adult with Asperger’s syndrome live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site AspergersSociety.org and http://www.autismparenthood.com/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Asperger’s and Autism newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome in Adults

If you have lived all your life with not being able to fully participate in small talk because you do not understand the body language, and other non-verbal communications that goes on with small talk, or you just do not understand the need for such nonessential language, or if you have difficulty dealing with any kind of social situation at work, school or at home perhaps you are an adult who has undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome.

The reason people reach adulthood and go undiagnosed is because it is common for there to be misdiagnosis or for physicians and parents to not recognize the signs and symptoms of this relatively new neurological disorder.

Typically when adults come to be diagnosed they are given an IQ test. People with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) typically have normal or above normal IQs. An assessment of adaptive skills that are designed to test the individual’s ability to manage complex social situations is then administered. If the person being assessed is still living with a parent, or if the parent is available, the parent is given the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) for an early history of how the individual functioned in social situations, in his or her behavior and how the individual was able to communicate. The symptoms don’t just show up later in life, they were there since childhood. If it is not possible to interview the parent than the individual is asked to describe their childhood for clues of how they interacted socially, behaviorally and how they communicated with others.

Another test is the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) which scrutinizes the social and communication skills as well as behavior of young adults and adults. This test helps to determine if the individual meets the criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome.

It is the doctor’s job to distinguish between shyness, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome. Since there are distinguishing characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome that can be similar to other conditions and disorders it is important to get a complete family history since it is known that it runs in families. Often times there is an eccentric Aunt, or odd Grandfather who just may have also have had Asperger’s Syndrome.

The diagnosis is very important because it is with a diagnosis that the adult can finally put a name to the set of behaviors and inability to communicate with others. He or she can finally know why they were so different from others growing up. The diagnosis often brings great relief to those who suffer and to their families. Once the diagnosis is made the doctor can devise a treatment plan. The treatment plan will include interventions and therapies that may include speech therapy, behavioral therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for awkwardness of gait. Medication may be prescribed if needed for anxiety and depression.

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