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For those of you that follow my blog you will recognize this video is from Lene who frequently posts here. She gives a beautiful explanation of somebody living with this condition and doing a beautiful job of coping. I know you will be inspired and uplifted by this video.


What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome, also called Asperger’s disorder, is a type of pervasive development disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination.

Although Asperger’s syndrome is similar in some ways to autism — another, more severe type of PDD — there are some important differences. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically function better than do those with autism. In addition, children with Asperger’s syndrome generally have normal intelligence and near-normal language development, although they may develop problems communicating as they get older.

What Are the Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome?

The symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome vary and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

Problems with social skills: Children with Asperger’s syndrome generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily.

Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: Children with this condition may develop odd, repetitive movements, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.

Unusual preoccupations or rituals: A child with Asperger’s syndrome may develop rituals that he or she refuses to alter, such as getting dressed in a specific order.

Communication difficulties: People with Asperger’s syndrome may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language. They also tend to have problems understanding language in context.

Limited range of interests: A child with Asperger’s syndrome may develop an intense, almost obsessive, interest in a few areas, such as sports schedules, weather, or maps.

Coordination problems: The movements of children with Asperger’s syndrome may seem clumsy or awkward.

Skilled or talented: Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math.

What Causes Asperger’s Syndrome?

The exact cause of Asperger’s syndrome is not known. However, the fact that it tends to run in families suggests that a tendency to develop the disorder may be inherited (passed on from parent to child).

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Comments on: "Asperger Syndrome-From an Inspiring Lady Who Knows and Lives With It!" (17)

  1. Wow, I’m a celebrity now, haha!!

    • Yes, you are now a superstar! I always knew you were one anyway! I’m sure this video is going to help many people. God bless you for making it.
      With love,
      Cherokee Billie

  2. Very inspiring indeed, thank you Lene I send you love and blessings.

    Thanks Cherokee for posting Lene’s video, and thank you for sharing with me what you did, in the email you sent me.

    • Dear Tarryn:
      Isn’t Lene great in this video? I’m glad you enjoyed my e-mail. It was great hearing from you as well.
      Sending you love and light,
      Cherokee Billie

  3. Lene,

    That was a remarkable video you made. You not only speak for yourself and those with Asperger’s, but for countless others who live with varying shades and degrees of disabilities, both visible and invisible to others. There are millions of people living with an assortment of “hidden” disabilities, trying to cope as best they can, and wishing we lived in a more inclusive world that better honored, embraced, and respected all for who they are and what they contribute, not separated, bullied, or demeaned for what is seemingly lacked. It is heartening to hear you speak about self acceptance, because ultimately, all of us must do that. And to point out that there really is no “normal”; “normal” is a relative term, but even among so-called “normal” people, there are huge amounts of variation, and even that can be radically different based on cultural and societal norms. (I could point out huge segments of my American population who consider themselves, and might be considered by others, as “normal”, but given all their so-called “abilities”, they sure do seem to behave more like intruders from an alien planet! Just look at some of our politicians!) It reminds me of the movie “Avatar”. Who were the “normal” people? The greedy, blood thirsty Americans or the blue people? I think we all can agree which ones we would choose to be with.

    Regardless of whether one is born with a disability or acquire one or more later in life, it is in most cases completely out of our individual control and not of our choosing, and certainly not our “fault”. I have a friend who was diagnosed with MS nearly immediately after he was laid off from his job of 32 years, just a few years ago, and is now struggling to adapt and cope with profound and rapid changes in his body. The fear is not only the loss of his motor abilities, but how he will be treated as a person, as a human being, by others, and a fear that he might eventually lose his ability to communicate and function mentally. He is exceedingly bright and funny, with one of the best senses of wit and humor in anyone I know, and I’m sure the fear of losing that is as acute as losing his physical abilities. He is still in his early 50’s and had been athletic his entire life; he never expected this, nor do most people who end up developing disease or disability. One just never knows what things can change in a person’s life to turn one’s world upside down. So whether one is born with an “affliction” or acquires them later in life, we are all, still, precious and valuable human beings.

    I am struck by your sweetness, Lene. You are so pretty, you have such a lovely voice and demeanor, your English is nearly flawless, and you are articulate and well-spoken. I could not hope to master two languages as wonderfully and fluidly as you do. You do have beautiful qualities, abilities, and talents. A lot of so-called “normal” people do not have half of what you have and have shown here. Your message speaks not only for you, but for all of us. Thank you for reminding us that “it gets better”.

    Lilystardust

    • Dear Lily:
      You express things so well and I really think you said everything beautifully about Lene and how she has accomplished more than the average person. It’s very true. How many other people can speak two languages fluently? She has always been very good at expressing herself as we have seen over the last few years. It’s good to hear from you again. Thank you for all of your kind words to Lene.
      Sending you blessings and abundance,
      Cherokee Billie

    • Well said, Lily! 🙂
      Godspeed,
      N

  4. Thank you all for your very kind words 🙂

  5. Lene, thank you for sharing about your life. You are making a difference in this world and will continue to do so. Keep the faith!!!!! I am very proud of you and very proud for you.
    with warmest regards,
    Anna

    • Dear Anna:
      it is nice to hear so much about Lene’s life. I know how many people this video isn’t spire in and will continue to do so. I appreciate your comment my friend.
      With love,
      Cherokee Billie

      • It takes a lot of courage to share what she did about her life. She is moving forward and that is the first step, which is always seems to be the hardest in anything that we undertake. We are all beautiful and magnificent as we are for we all carry a spark of light from home to share and to let shine while we are here on this planet. Once we accept who we are then we can develop our self-esteem which leads us to have that balance that leads to personal peace that allows us then to be of help to others in whatever way that we can. Everyone has to make their own choices to move forward, but, when we look in the mirror, we have to love and respect who we see looking back at us….and give yourself a smile….for we are loved more than any of us can ever imagine. I don’t mean that we love ourselves in an egotistical sense…no…but in the loving self-acceptance to move forward in love and compassion…and can face anything with that inner sense of peace in knowing who we are and that we are loved unconditionally and that we are never alone. I am also especially proud of Lene because she is the same age as my youngest daughter who will be 23 in November and whom I love very much. Finally, as a teacher, I have seen young people struggle who feel that they are different from others. I have also seen the cruelty of others who pick on someone who is different. I have also seen the young people who have taken those who are different as friends without any reservations at all and defend those are different to others.
        with warmest regards,
        Anna

        • One more thing, if I may. A group of my friends and I have been reading and discussing a book entitled The Noticer by Andy Andrews…some of the people who visit here may have heard of it or have read it. It is about changing our perspective about ourselves and different situations that people find themselves in. Our perception drives how we relate to ourselves and to others. I would highly recommend this book.
          Doesn’t our perception create our reality????? Change our perception and we change the way that we view things which determines our reality. I just wanted to share about this book…it isn’t a dry book, but very well written about man named Jones in a small town and how he helps people to see different perspectives of their situations….changing chairs so to speak to get a different view.

        • dear Anna:
          yes, Lene certainly proves that you can overcome things. Thank you for the book recommendation as well. Our perception does create our reality. that’s why it’s so important to Monitor your thoughts and notice when you are not thinking in the positive.
          many blessings,
          Cherokee Billie

  6. You’re a Star Jacinta………..:-) Light and Love Susanxoxo

  7. You are amazing, Jacinta! Truly an inspiration! 🙂
    Godspeed,
    N

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