Pretending to Be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome Short Essay - Answer Key

Liane Holliday Willey
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1. What does it mean that Asperger's Syndrome is on the spectrum of Autistic Disorders?

The umbrella term of Autism covers a large variety of different conditions which is referred to as a spectrum going from lower to higher functioning individuals.

2. What are some of the major traits or characteristics of people who have Asperger's Syndrome?

People with Asperger's have social interaction impairments, narrow interests, speech and language peculiarities, non-verbal communication problems, and motor clumsiness.

3. Willey states that many people with AS will never receive a diagnosis. What are some of the professions in which she suggests people with unrecognized AS people may be?

Willey suggests that some of these folks may be creative inventors, great musicians, writers, artists and mathematicians.

4. Why is it important to Liane Willey that people working with AS clients not focus too hard on melding them back into society?

Willey feels that AS clients have unique perspectives and contributions to make. Changing them to conform to society would cause a loss of these contributions for the individual as well as society.

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