What is Asperger's Syndrome (AS)?
An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) resulting in difficulties with social interaction, limited empathy and sensory motor deficiencies. Side effects such as anxiety and confusion are generally related to AS due to difficulty with communication and interaction.
Accompanying learning differences may include dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy. Asperger's syndrome differs from other other Autism Spectrum Disorders in the fact that linguistics and cognitive development are preserved. Average or above average intelligence is common with Asperger's syndrome.
The Autism Spectrum refers to the varying degrees in which the condition affects people. Deciphering social cues and keeping conversation, tone of voice or facial expressions, metaphors and sarcasm can all be difficult. Due to the wide range of symptoms a diagnose may vary between Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism.
Asperger's syndrome is considered a life-long condition and the most proven benefits can be achieved by training and intervention in the areas of communication, behavioral therapy and dietary changes.
Many people with Asperger's develop intense special interests in which they may become very knowledgeable. Developing these skills into a productive means of motivation and or employment can be the key to a successful and productive life.
The College Internship Program (CIP) is a national program focusing on improving social, academic, career and life skills for college age students with Asperger's and other learning differences.