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Debunking 6 Myths About Asperger Syndrome

posted 31 May 2012, 09:30 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 4 Jun 2012, 05:08 ]
Asperger Syndrome is not a disease. Rather it is a unique way of processing information that creates not just vulnerabilities but also strengths that can help Aspies succeed in life. Valerie Gaus, Ph.D, psychologist, and author of 'Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism' and 'Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome' doesn't work to eliminate AS, "because this has made the person who they are", she said, rather, it’s “to identify which Asperger’s symptoms are causing [the person] stress and to help them come up with solutions to overcome them.”

Although Asperger's has received more attention in recent years, there are still many myths that surround the syndrome. Gaus helps demystify six of them:
  • Myth: Children with AS will grow out of it eventually
  • Myth: Adults with AS don’t get married
  • Myth: Adults with AS have social phobia
  • Myth: Adults with AS are aloof and uninterested in others
  • Myth: They don’t make any eye contact
  • Myth: They lack empathy