What is Aspergers Syndrome
Asperger’s syndrome is often referred to as a higher function presentation of Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, Asperger’s syndrome has been recognised as a diagnosis in its own right.
People with Asperger’s syndrome are often assessed as having average or above average intelligence.
People living with Aspergers do not have a learning disability which a lot of Autistic people have. People with Asperger’s may however experience some learning difficulties such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Someone with Aspergers may not have as many problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
This video has been created by local animator Joseph Marshall and explains a little bit about the experiences someone may have who has Asperger’
People with Asperger’s may experience difficulties due to their nature of Asperger’s. These can include –
- Communication – such as reading facial expressions, jokes, or tone of voice
- Social Interactions – struggling to read emotions, needing alone time, perceived by others to be socially awkward
- Patterns of behaviour – having certain routines such as walking to work the same way each day
- Hyper or lower sensory sensitivity - to light, sound, colours, smells, tastes pain and so on
Getting a diagnosis
It is estimated that one in every 66 people are on the Autistic Spectrum. If you think you have Asperger’s Syndrome and would like a diagnosis, then you need to arrange an appointment with your GP.
You may find living with Aspergers easier by introducing some coping mechanisms to help you in your daily life.
You may want to consider viewing Marc Segar’s ‘Coping, A survival guide for people with Asperger’s syndrome’. This book has lots of practical tips for people with Aspergers.
Coping with Anxiety
A person living with Aspergers may suffer from anxiety at some point in their life. To help you deal with anxiety there are a few things you can do –
- keep a diary – writing about situations and how they make you feel may help you to process the situation easier
- create an anxiety plan – create a plan for situations that make you feel anxious
- relaxation activities – find things that you feel reduce your stress levels such as taking bath, having alone time, riding a bike and so on
- join a support group
The National Autistic Society goes more in depth on how to use these coping strategies which you can use in everyday life.
People with Asperger’s syndrome have said that they would like to understand more about maintaining a healthy relationship with somebody. Some common issues that can arise when one or both partners are living with Aspergers include -
- saying things that may seem cold or cruel
- little interest in interacting with family or friends
- lack of emotional support or feeling unloved
- lack of closeness in sex and intimacy
- lack of communication such as small talk
Although these issues can cause barriers, it is important to remember that there is no reason that someone living with Asperger’s Syndrome cannot have a fulfilling relationship.
Here are five things you may want to try to help you deal with relationships –
- don’t put the blame solely on your partner
- learn as much as you can about Asperger’s Syndrome
- reframe your partners behaviour – try to understand your partner’s point of view
- be specific about your needs
- talk to each other about how you wold like to connect with each other
- be as clear and concise as possible - rely on logic and reasoning to reach your partner, not emotion
- be upfront with what you expect and need - hinting and other more subtle methods will not have any positive effect
- be consistent - mean what you say
- you may want to seek support for you relationship
The article ‘What Everybody Ought to Know about Aspergers and Marriage’ provides guidance for Asperger’s Committed Relationships
Download What Everybody Ought to Know about Aspergers and Marriage here
Download Marriage Advice from Aspergers Adults here
Relate provides advice, guidance and couples consulting to support you.
Visit the Relate Hull website here
Alternatively, you can contact them via –
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone: 01482 329 621
Education, Employment and Volunteering
Many people living with Aspergers go on to reach their potential whatever that might be. However, support for people is available to help make people’s ambitions a reality.
Our Learning, and training s section has lots of information on further/higher education, training and employment opportunities.
Introducing Joseph Marshall
Joseph Marshall graduated from the Hull College in 2016 in computer animation.
Since then, Joseph has been doing freelance work on animation. That’s when Matthew’s Hub approached him about doing an animation film around Autism awareness which you can find at the top of this page.
‘The Hub have helped me to keep up my animation skills and the paid for me to do the animation’
Joseph’s currently working on a larger project called Desktop and Dospendos which mixes live action with animation.
Joseph is currently looking towards the future stating
‘My goal is look onto bigger a better things and I hope to be moving to a larger city soon, either London but hopefully Los Angles’
If you would like support to help you reach your goals, you can access our Learning, Jobs, Volunteering and daytime opportunities section. It has lots of information on further/higher education, training and employment opportunities as well as where to go to volunteer..
Matthew’s Hub is a support service for people with high functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Their multidisciplinary team consists of a wide variety of highly qualified autism professionals with over 50 years of combined experience.
Matthew’s Hub Supports people aged 16 above who are Autistic or awaiting a diagnosis.. They offer a range of services that help to build confidence, self esteem, and develop life skills, including enabling the take up volunteering opportunities.
Matthew’s Hub offers –
- advice and guidance
- emotional health and wellbeing
- mentoring and employment
- training and Learning
- social networking opportunities
If you would like more information on Matthew’s Hub and the Support they can offer.
Alternatively, you can contact them via –
- email info@matthewshub
- telephone: 01482 221 028
You can visit them in person -