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Asperger’s Syndrome: research and personal insight into characteristics and intervention techniques Public Deposited

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  • Through examination of empirical evidence on individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and related Pervasive Developmental Disorders, the author attempts to provide an overview of the social deficiencies associated with these disorders. Points of primary concern are the social deficiencies in developing competence in experience-sharing and demonstrating empathy, especially in how they apply in everyday interactions. The author’s own experiences have provided insight for suggesting modifications of existing intervention techniques. The intervention techniques would benefit from providing target individuals with additional self-awareness and intrinsic motivation for changing behaviors. In addition, a more thorough approach in developing an understanding of social norms and basic scripts, as well as recognition of context, is important. Finally, more advanced intervention can focus on ways to develop techniques to adapt social scripts in varied contexts. By suggesting ways to rethink interventions, and by providing insight based on the author’s own personal experiences, this paper attempts to provide evidence that there is hope for those with Asperger’s to obtain a more normal level of social functioning.
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