About Aspergerís

A young person supported by Families for Autism

27-09-2016 :: Autism Group to open new Charity Shop

Local charity Families for Autism is excited to announce the opening of its new charity shop in E...

08-02-2016 :: Eastbourne based charity extends its support network into Lewes

Local charity Families for Autism has stepped-in to prevent a Lewes based parent and carer suppor...

25-01-2016 :: New Job Club Partnership

Families for Autism is launching a Job Club for job seekers living with ASD. Job Club&n...

03-11-2015 :: Christmas Shopping Evening - Tuesday 10th November

It's only a week away! Come along and start the festive season at the Families for Autism...

13-10-2015 :: Bingo with Fish & Chips

This Friday, 16th October, we will be enjoying our annual Bingo with Fish & Chip supper. This...

13-10-2015 :: Core Assets Session at Eastbourne Support Group

Maggie Stephenson from Core Assets Independent Support Service, will be attend...

14-07-2015 :: Families for Autism celebrates half a decade

This year the charity celebrates its 5th birthday on the 10th August 2015. To mark this special o...

14-07-2015 :: New Eastbourne MP becoms charity patron

Caroline Ansell the towns newly appointed Member of Parliament accepts an invitation to become th...

09-02-2015 :: Heathfield Support Group

Karen Mawdsley a parent of an autistic child has teamed up with FFA to run a support group within...

12-09-2014 :: Bexhill Lions Santa Dash

Bexhill Lions Santa Dash is a charity event, and the organisation have contacted us with details ...

01-09-2014 :: Free Courses in Eastbourne and Newhaven

'Contact a Family' will be running two free courses at St Elisabeth's Church in Ea...

23-06-2014 :: Hailsham Cinema Screenings

Hailsham Pavilion Cinema will be showing two Autism Friendly screenings in July. The first is...

20-06-2014 :: Support Group

At our next support group on Wednesday 25th June, we have Julie Morehead from East Sussex County ...

22-05-2014 :: Guest Speakers at Eastbourne Support Group

Please find below details of the up-coming guest speakers and visitors at the Eastbourne Support ...

10-05-2014 :: Summer Fair Saturday 7th June

Come and join us at our annual Summer Fair! This year also celebrating St Elisabeth's Chu...

 
A rare autistic disorder characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, excessive concern with minor details and rules in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.

The main difference between Aspergers and High Functioning Autism is that individuals with Aspergers do not have speech and language problems and often have above average intelligence.

People with asperger's often prefer to have a fixed routine and can be averse to change. Many people with autism may also have a co-morbid condition such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or dyspraxia.

The main three symptoms, often referred as “The triad of impairments" are:

Difficulties with social interaction

People with ASD are not usually aware of what is socially acceptable. They find chatting and small talk a challenge, therefore finding it difficult to socialise. They find it very difficult to develop friendships and relate to other. Those with Asperger syndrome are more likely to enjoy or want to develop social contacts but find mixing very difficult.

Difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication

People with ASD have problems in recognising and understanding verbal and non-verbal language, such as gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice. With these issues in mind they find it difficult to understand others reactions or understand peoples feelings. They may also take others comments very literally, and so misunderstand jokes, metaphors or colloquialisms.

Lack of imagination and creative play

Not taking part or enjoying in role-play games. Obsessions with objects, interests or routines. These can interfere with building social relationships (known as stereotyped or repetitive behaviour).