“A” is for Asperger’s. Understanding and Helping the Student With Asperger’s Disorder. AGENDA. Basic Information-Characteristics Thought Processes Sensory Issues Lens of Interpretation Self-Regulation Social Needs Supports. GOALS FOR TODAY .
Understanding and Helping the Student With Asperger’s Disorder
Asperger’s Syndrome (Disorder) was first described by Hans Asperger, a Viennese physician, in 1944, when he published a paper describing the behavior pattern of several young boys, who, despite normal intelligence and language development, displayed autistic-like behaviors and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills. It is a neurobiological disorder that was added to the DSM IV in 1994, but has only recently been recognized by professionals and parents. Asperger’s is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, considered a part of the Autism spectrum. It is mainly distinguished from Autistic Disorder because there are no clinically significant delays in language.
My name is Jane. I go to Cook School. At lunch time, everyone in my class goes to the lunchroom. We go through a line and get a tray, then sit at tables to eat. I do not like the lunchroom-it is noisy and crowded, and my ears hurt. My teacher Mrs. Smith tells me that I have to eat there every day. She helps me find ways to make it easier. First, Mrs. Smith showed me that putting in my earplugs helps with the noise. They are small and no one can see them. Every day, I go to the restroom before lunch and put them in, then take them out after lunch. She also lets me be the line leader or the caboose. That helps me feel less crowded. The best part is, lunch is short! I know by looking at my watch when it will end, and I tell myself that I will be fine until then.