Asperger syndrome is one of several subtypes of autism that affects about one percent of the population. While the effects of autism can range from low-functioning to high-functioning, Asperger syndrome is considered to be a high-functioning subtype. This means that individuals with this syndrome have signs and symptoms that are less severe than other types of autism.
Individuals with Asperger syndrome often have difficulty with social interactions, motor development, repetitive behavior, and/or expanding their interests. While males are often diagnosed with Asperger at a rate of 4-6 times more than females, it can affect both genders and is often discovered between the ages of 5 and 9.
How We Can Help
At New Generations, we know that Asperger syndrome can affect each individual differently and that their range of symptoms can vary. That’s why we have friendly, trustworthy caregivers in our Gary’s Gang who are trained specifically in Asperger care to help individuals find their best self.
Unlike other autism subtypes, those with Asperger don’t often have delays in language or cognitive development, but when it comes to communication, they may not always feel comfortable. Our care program can help work with your loved one to improve repetitive speech, social interactions, one-sided conversations, and more.
In addition, our Asperger care boasts an open line of communication with each individual’s parents or guardians. We like to keep in touch with the people in each member’s life to better understand their personal behaviors and needs.
Many invidiuals with Asperger suffer from awkward or uncoordinated movements that can result in clumsiness or poor motor skills. We know that coordination is an important part of everyday living, which is why we work with these individuals to help improve their movements and their confidence.
Some of the most common social and/or emotional issues that occur with this syndrome include:
- Lack of interpersonal relationship skills
- Inability to express inner feelings
- Excessive or lack of eye contact
- Inability to understand social norms
- Excessive talking
- Inability to understand personal space
While these issues can be difficult for your loved one to grasp, they can also make things difficult for those around him/her. That’s why at Gary’s Gang, our caregivers and our members both work to help your loved one understand common social and emotional issues and work through them.
At New Generations, we’re all about love, and the place it shows most is in Gary’s Gang. From our staff members to our individuals with Asperger syndrome, we’ve created a community that is caring, accepting, loving, and warm. We pay close attention to our members and offer one-on-one care when it’s needed, but mostly, we love to have fun and enjoy life.