Mirror Neurons

October 29, 2009 at 11:35 am | Posted in Asperger's, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Very interesting tidbit of Aspie information…. about the brain recognizing (or actually, NOT recognizing sarcasm):

PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BRAIN

The frontal lobe of the brain affects several processes such as speech, expressive language, emotion, reaction, habits, and judgment. The imaging that has been done suggests that this area of the brain grows and develops much more slowly while other areas grow more rapidly. What you often get is a gifted student that does not know how to deal with people.

New studies that have been released over the past year have begun to explain what is not working correctly. We learn by the process of copying each other. We say things other people we know say. We eat things other people we know eat. We do things that other people we know do. We learn from them.

“MIRROR” NEURONS MAY BE A CAUSE

In the brain we have neurons. Little chemical signals that control what the brain does. These ones have been labeled “mirror” neurons because they make your brain think you are actually doing what you are watching someone else do. People with Autistic spectrums do not produce these neurons when they see someone else doing things. Therefore, if they see someone making a movement with their face and they don’t know what it means, they are not going to repeat the seemingly useless gesture at the right time, if at all. After a while they might stop paying attention to the movement at all.

SUBTLE VOICE CHANGES ARE MISSED

Sarcasm is cue based. The words are the same but the voice changes. This would be considered a subtle cue and these are often missed. Analogies are not understood unless the connection is understood.

But there is hope. Specific training can often be highly effective in helping Aspergers children learn the skills needed.

HOW TO TEACH ASPERGERS KIDS TO UNDERSTAND THESE SUBTLE CLUES

Basically, Aspergers is treated by training the child how the world outside of their mind works. Because they have trouble recognizing that other people are having different thoughts than them, they have to be taught this. Once they have learned that, they can be trained to respond to other people in a way that will help them get what they need. Then they will be taught about relationships and the give and take of conversations and friendships.

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taken from the newsletter which you can subscribe to (free):

http://www.aspergerssociety.org/articles/06.htm

Is Asperger’s really just another personality type?

October 1, 2009 at 8:17 am | Posted in Asperger's | Leave a comment
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Below is from the latest email newsletter I received ….it’s an interesting question. One of the important people in my life who I am reasonably sure has Asperger’s insists that the way his is completely normal and is simply living up to his personality type…So this question really caught my attention….

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Some people have questioned whether Asperger’s syndrome is really an illness or just a different kind of personality. That depends entirely on your perception of things.

THE CHALLENGES

Yes, there are some very real biochemical and physical things that are different about someone with Asperger’s.

     

  • Aspies (as people with Aspergers are sometimes called) will often have trouble initiating and sustaining social contact, because they just don’t “get” certain things about what they are supposed to do.

  • They will have trouble with loud noises and crowded atmospheres.

  • School may overwhelm them, with all the kids running about and no clear rules of what to do. The world may feel too disordered and chaotic.

  • They will want routine and black and white rules, and to do everything the same way every time, and the world does not allow for that.

  • They will not understand why they have so much trouble communicating with others and why others have so much trouble understanding them.

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But people who have Aspergers can learn to work around all of those problems, often quite successfully. Whether viewed as a disorder or personality difference, it does affect those who have it quite a bit, but there is hope, and there is help.

Problems can be solved for those who have Asperger’s. It is not a death sentence.


Some famous people have been said to have Asperger’s, such as Einstein and Bill Gates.

If we had no people with Asperger’s, then we would be losing a very important way of thinking that has helped many people

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This is just a small part of the answers you will need to successfully survive and thrive with Aspergers. If you are looking for additional information immediately, go to the following site: www.AspergersSociety.org

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