Asperger's Syndrome and Receiving Social Security DisabilityHave you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits on behalf of your child with disability from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by Aspergers syndrome? Was your child with disability denied? You may intend to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, remember this. Your child with disability will need the help of a good disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a knowledgeable disability attorney are approved more often than those without a lawyer. If your child was just diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, you may want a little information about the disorder. In 1944, an Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger noticed four children in his practice who had a hard time integrating socially. The children lacked nonverbal communication skills, were physically clumsy and failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers even though their intelligence appeared normal. Their all-absorbing interest in a single topic dominated their conversations, and their way of speaking was either overly formal or disjointed. Dr. Asperger called the condition autistic psychopathy and described it as a personality disorder primarily marked by social isolation. In 1981, an English doctor named Lorna Wing published a series of case studies of children who demonstrated similar symptoms. She called this Aspergers syndrome. This is where the name comes from. This disorder is known by some other names. It is also called Asperger syndrome, Aspergers disorder, Aspergers or AS. As mentioned above, Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a child's ability to communicate and socialize effectively with other people. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically exhibit an all-absorbing interest in specific topics and social awkwardness. Aspergers syndrome is a milder variant of autistic disorder. Doctors group Asperger's syndrome with four other conditions that are called pervasive developmental disorders or autistic spectrum disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Two out of every 10,000 children have Aspergers syndrome. Boys are three to four times more likely than girls to have this disorder. There are several effects that Asperger's syndrome may have on your child with disability. Some of the effects to watch for in your child with disability are:
- Appears not to understand, to be sensitive to, or to empathize with the feelings of others
- Displays unusual, nonverbal communication like few facial expressions, lack of eye contact, or awkward gestures and body postures
- Has a rigid gait or an odd posture
- Has a hard time understanding humor or reading other people
- Engages in long-winded, one-sided conversations, without noticing if the listener is trying to change the subject or if the person is listening
- Shows an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects like snakes, train schedules, baseball statistics or weather.