last May, Elon Musk, Tesla‘s billionaire CEO and founder of SpaceX surprised a Saturday Night Live audience by revealing that he has Asperger’s. “I’m the first person with Asperger’s to introduce SNL… at least the first to admit it. So tonight I am not making much eye contact with the cast. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at playing ‘human’ in emulation mode,Musk joked during his opening monologue.
What is this about? Asperger’s syndrome is a neurodevelopmental condition, a developmental variation that accompanies people throughout their lives. It affects the way in which they perceive the world, process information and relate to others.
Previously, Asperger’s was included in generalized developmental disorder (PDD) and today it is included in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Similarly, the term disorder is being replaced by condition (CEA), as it is understood to be just another variation of the human variation.
In addition to Musk, there are a large number of personalities, celebrities and celebrities who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s disease. stand out among them Isaac NewtonEnglish physicist, inventor and alchemist; Albert Einstein, the scientific creator of the theory of relativity and the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics; Charles Darwin, British scientist recognized for developing the theory of evolution; Bill Gates, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, Steven Spielberg, director, screenwriter and renowned film producer; Keanu Reeves, Canadian actor; Susan Boyle, British singer; Tim Burton, American director, producer and writer; south barrett, English singer, guitarist and composer; Woody AllenAmerican, director, writer, actor and comedian; And Greta Thunberg, Swedish environmental activist.
Leah Groth, a journalist specializing in health, published in the North American Portal of Scientific and Nutrition Dissemination Eat This, Not That! A list of 7 signs that a person with Asperger’s may present:
1- obsessive interest
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the most characteristic symptom of Asperger’s is a child’s obsessive interest in one object or subject rather than another. “Asperger’s children want to know everything about their subject and their interactions with others are about that alone,” he explains. “Their expertise, their high level of vocabulary and their formal speech patterns make them look like little teachers.”
2- Repetitive routine or ritual
According to the Harvard School of Health, the routines of people with Asperger’s may “resemble obsessive-compulsive behavior.” “They get easily upset when their expectations are not met or their routines change; For example, they want to dress alike and follow the same rigorous schedule every day”.
3- Peculiarities in speech and language
The NIH reveals that people with Asperger’s can communicate in unique ways. “There’s not always much difference or variation in the way I speak,” Musk admitted during SNL.
The Autism Society of America states that children with Asperger’s disorder have good language skills, but they use language differently. “Speech patterns may be unusual, lack inflection or rhythmic in nature, or they may be formal but very loud or rapid,” he says.
And he adds: “Children with Asperger’s disorder may not understand the subtleties of language, such as irony and humour, or they may not understand the give-and-take nature of conversation.”
4- Socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior
“Look, I know I say or post weird things sometimes, but that’s how my brain works,” Musk revealed during SNL. According to the Autism Society, people with Asperger’s may be socially awkward, may not understand conventional rules, or may show a lack of empathy.
5- Inability to interact with peers
Because of their “poor social skills” and “unique interests,” children with Asperger’s may have difficulty connecting with their peers. “They can approach other people, but normal conversation is nearly impossible because of their inappropriate or eccentric behavior, or because they only want to talk about their singular interest,” the NIH explains.
6-Non-verbal communication problems
Although they can communicate verbally, people with Asperger’s may have problems with non-verbal communication. The American Autism Society explains, “They may have limited eye contact, appear disaffected in conversation, and do not understand the use of gestures or sarcasm.”
7- Clumsy and disorganized motor driving
According to the National Institutes of Health, children with Asperger’s may experience a delay in the development of motor skills such as riding a bicycle, holding a ball or climbing an outdoor sport. “They tend to be clumsy and disorganized, with a gait that may seem forced,” he explains.
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