High IQ and Socially Isolated? Gifted and/or Asperger Syndrome?

Asperger Syndrome

Reading this article about Asperger Syndrome made me thinking about how close giftedness in combination with social isolation can be to a form of autism – Asperger syndrome. Enjoy this article and please share me your comments. Please also check out this link to a helpful guide here.



Explaining Asperger Syndrome


By Maxine Wagner


Have you ever heard of Asperger Syndrome? Well, it is a known neuro-physiologic disorder that was accepted formally in 1994 after Austrian doctor Hans Asperger identified it in 1944.


Asperger Syndrome is not considered an illness or disease that can be given from one person to another. This condition is often present at birth and takes time before a person is consider showing patterns of Asperger Syndrome. This is a diagnosis for children that are in the world of autism. These are pervasive developmental disorder known as PDD, or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Asperger Syndrome has severe deficits as well as pervasive impairment. Development areas that suffer include communication impairment, reciprocal social interaction impairment and other behavior, activity and interest presences that are associated with such a disorder.


A child with Asperger Syndrome has trouble socially including reacting differently than others and having trouble understanding certain things. Someone that has this won’t understand various social elements as body language and facial expressions as well. They don’t even do well when it comes to making eye contact and maintaining it. Another symptom is they have sensory issues including not being able to judge personal space and are attracted to certain foods or fabrics only. Asperger Syndrome sufferers also don’t do well with change or going through a transition. They even go by their own rules no matter if they are instructed otherwise. Each person with Asperger Syndrome can have their own compensation of symptoms.


Most of the common symptoms include:


* Talking extremely well for their age yet having trouble communicating because they don’t understand listening and talking go together.


* Constantly preferring to be with adults or older children rather than children their own age.


* Extreme criticism sensitivity.


Yet another element of Asperger Syndrome in children is they have a high or at least an average IQ score. These children will also have trouble making friends and keeping friends. They are often bullied because they have social issues since they have this condition that can lead to abnormal repetition issues and various awkward actions. Even their speech can take on abnormalities.


When it comes to treating Asperger Syndrome there are no medications for it directly. Nevertheless, such medication used for obsessive compulsive, anxiety and attention deficit diagnosis is often prescribed for this condition as well. Often as a person gets older the symptoms lessen and the person learns to cope with their condition. As it is a genetic condition, complete cure has not been found but coping with many of the associated symptoms has been helped by therapy and behavioral counseling.


• parent education and training


• specialized educational interventions for the child


• social skills training


• language therapy


• sensory integration training for younger kids, usually performed by an occupational therapist, in which they are desensitized to stimuli to which they’re overly sensitive


• psychotherapy or behavioral/cognitive therapy for older children


• medications


Currently there are some schools that provide normal schooling for children diagnosed with this syndrome but the progress is dependent on the teachers, caregivers and parents while others receive education at special schools.


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How to cope with Career Challenges of Gifted Adults

Gifted adults can have challenges with their career plans. Please read this article and share me your comments.


Career Development For Gifted Adutls


By Cathy Goodwin


Gifted adults often face unique career career challenges. They’re often described with words that seem negative in the context of most corporate jobs. For instance, gifted adults can seem restless and undirected. They juggle several projects at the same time. They come across as intense and supremely focused.


When children are gifted, they often get into trouble at school because they are bored. They are not always the “A” students because their minds don’t work in conventional ways. Teachers often don’t know what to do with them.


However, being a gifted child can bring rewards because children are praised and rewarded for learning and scoring high on tests. Adults are rewarded for broader forms of success, which require social skills and personality traits that often conflict with the gifted adult’s nature.


Many gifted adults have felt “different” since childhood. Some understand that they don’t fit in because their mind works differently. But others think there’s something wrong with them.


When gifted children become adults, they face unique career challenges, especially if they don’t recognize themselves as gifted. They might try to fit into corporate life, only to get frustrated. Corporate life rewards qualities like frustration tolerance and conformity. Gifted adults tend to get bored easily and have trouble conforming, even when they want to.


Gifted adults tend to be rewarded when they find themselves in careers and environments that support their abilities. Examples include scientists, professors in research-oriented universities, authors, and many professionals. Some gifted adults know how to “play the game,” moving beyond unrewarding entry level jobs to reach positions where they can use their gifts.


Unfortunately, other gifted adults remain stuck in jobs where they are guaranteed to remain misfits. A manager who conceptualizes the company’s problems easily can get repressed by bosses who don’t encourage her to explore these directions. A worker in a dead-end job who lacked the education and social skills that would let him move to a more congenial environment can’t use his mind.


If you relate to these descriptions, you may encounter difficulties not only with career choice but with career guidance. Career counselors can be intimidated by gifted clients. They are trained to discourage career changers from moving in too many directions at once. They see gifted clients who seem to grasp ideas really quickly but sometimes have trouble translating these ideas into action.


In particular, gifted adults tend to catch on to things so quickly they face two dilemmas in choosing a new course. First, they seem to be good at so many things, they say it’s hard to choose. Second, they (and their advisors) often say, “You’re really good at this. Maybe it should be your career.” Aptitude turns out to be a small part of career satisfaction, so it is important to look at the total picture, including personality and style.


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