Asperger's Syndrome


A movie showing the heighten levels of anxiety and stress of people with an ASD

Avoidance Behaviours & Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is part of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Typically people with Asperger’s Syndrome have heightened stress and anxiety levels, especially when dealing with the unknown. Small amounts of added stress, such as a reading difficulty, can produce negative stress management outcomes. When presented with a task they find stressful they may run away, hide, refuse to participate, become physically agitated, yell, cry or just sit immobile. These behaviours are not necessarily disobedient, but are a normal response to attempt to reduce their stress and anxiety. Improving reading ability may well improve some of the other stress behaviours by lowering the person’s stress levels.

The following link will take you to research that demonstrates a link between a part of the brain called the cerebellum, and Asperger's Syndrome and ASD. It is possible that as the cerebellum is being ‘rewired’ to help with eye movement and reading it is also being ’rewired’ to help with some of the other problems associated with Asperger’s Syndrome."               

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