Asperger's Syndrome and How to Make Contact
by Tlavoie on March 22, 2017 - 3:52pm
In this day and age, when the knowledge about intellectual differences is more and more known, people are aware that a person can be different. There are many possible diagnostics and, sometimes, it is difficult to understand them well. Each diagnostic has special needs and it is important, as a Special Educator, but also as a society to know some of them. Asperger's Syndrome is one of the multiple diagnostics that Special Educator work with. The following text will briefly explain what it is and how to make contact with a person who has Asperger's Syndrome.
First of all, Asperger's Syndrome is not considered as an intellectual disability or as a mental health problem. In fact, the Asperger's Syndrome is considered as a slow on the development. It is really important to know that. With this knowledge, people need to adjust their behavior. This syndrome does not affect the language of the person with this diagnostic. On the contrary, the language will be very developed, more than the ‘’so-called’’ normal. For example, a child with Asperger’s can easily talks with the language and words of an adult. If they can talk, this does not mean that they can always understand what the others are saying. However, Asperger’s people do not understand the nonverbal communication (messages transmitted by a medium other than the speech, facial expressions, for example) and the nonliteral communication (the use of expressions that are figurative, as ‘’Action speak louder than words’’), so the person who is talking needs to pay attention to the words he uses. Also, the person with Asperger's Syndrome will have a fantastic memory also called ‘’encyclopedic’’. He can remember the exact same words someone says two years before, even if he was really young. The principal characteristic of these people is their passion for something. They will always talk about it or do it. Generally, it is associated with the technologies, the sciences or the mathematics. Briefly, this lack in their development does not affect the language. The people who have Asperger's Syndrome have a very good memory and have an enormous passion in something in particularly.
Second of all, it can, sometimes, be difficult to make contact with a person who has this syndrome. Here are the five most important concepts to follow to start a relationship on the right foot with a person who has Asperger’s. First, eye contact should be avoid: the person will feel intimidated and can be scared to talk to the person who is trying to look at him in the eyes. Second, he hates to be touched. If the person does so, he will probably feel attacked and can try to defend himself. Third, as said before, he can have difficulty to understand what the person is trying to say. To avoid that, the person should use short and simple sentences on top of avoiding the nonliteral and nonverbal communication. Fourth, the person should also avoid to use two-way sentences. If a word can have two meanings, he will be confused and will not listen to what the person is saying after that specific word. Finally, the person should always express his feelings with words. For example, if the person cries, he will not know that she is sad. In short, it is not always easy to make contact with someone with Asperger's Syndrome, but when the person who is trying to make contact know these fives clues, it is easier to build a good relationship.
To conclude, Asperger's Syndrome is only a slow development and does not affect the language. There are also concepts to know when someone tries to make contact with them. The person who has this syndrome are surprising when people get to know them. If people accept to ‘’enter’’ in their world and their passion and accept to learn from them, they will see how fabulous these people can be!