As a result of the loud chorus of theories that is being offered regarding the potential connection between Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and the tendency for those with any of these specific conditions to commit violent acts, parents and medical professionals are speaking out in response. Below you will find a brief overview of these responses that people have been forced to make during this terribly difficult time.
Asperger’s Syndrome Described
Asperger’s syndrome is one of the many specific problems that are part of an overall category of conditions that are known to fall within the realm of autism spectrum disorders. It is known in the medical community as a pervasive developmental disorder, or PDD. Within the realm of autism spectrum disorders, it is considered to be relatively mild.
People with Asperger’s syndrome will experience some developmental delays, but unlike those with more severe types of autism people with this condition tend to function at a relatively high level. The biggest problems and symptoms they encounter include difficulty socializing with other people and the tendency to engage in strange and repetitive behaviors. Otherwise, they tend to be able to speak at a normal level and to communicate in general.
Asperger’s Syndrome and the Connecticut Shootings
Unfortunately, there have been calls by some to closely examine any children who suffer from Asperger’s syndrome to determine whether or not they may be capable of this type of unspeakable violence. These calls have been rebuked strongly by the medical community and by parents of children with Asperger’s syndrome because to date, there has been no correlation found between people who suffer from this condition and violent behavior.
Unfortunately, it is still possible that people in general could link a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome with the tendency to act out in horrifying ways despite these strong responses. If that’s how things turn out, this would be yet another form of suffering that families and those with this condition would have to endure – the distrust of the public based on a misunderstanding of this medical problem.
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