Everything you should or not to know asperger syndrome


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Betrayal of the Body

in psycholgy, if you cant name a pathology, well you may classify it as schizoid disturbe. Asperger is a good example of that. Not every physician knows what is AS disease. Despite of that, by only interpreating the symtons a good professional can treat it following schizoid pathology protocols. So, AS traits can be mapped to the schizoid model easily: lack of integration, lack of emotion response, lonnerness, desrealization, despersonalization, depression, anxiety, daydreaming, etc

There are other videos available on The Alexander Lowen Foundation's site

In The Betrayal of the Body, the book that established themind-body therapy of Bioenergetic Analysis, Dr. Alexander Lowen teaches how the conflict between the ego and the body produces splits in in the personality that affects all aspects of an individual's existence. The Betrayal of the Body teaches about the neurotic an schizoid personalities. Chapters include: The Schizoid Disturbance; The Problem of Identity; The Forsaken Body; The Psychology of Desperation; Illusion and Reality; Demons and Monsters. Understanding the importance of healing the mind-body split through the recovery of an emotionally fulfilling mind-body relationship is demonstrated with case studies.

Dr. Lowen passed away on October 28, 2008 at the age of 97.He was a great man who helped many with his pioneering techniques and optimistic attitude.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Survival guide

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Well, how to cope with? Someone has think about it...

COPING: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME These web pages are a copy of the book, 'Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome' by Marc Segar. This is a valuable piece of writing which is worthy of as wide a readership as possible.

Asperger's Syndrome Guidelines Treatment and Intervention by Ami Klin, Ph.D., and Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Antidepressant effect

Ghrelin is a hormone produced mainly by P/D1 cells lining the fundus of the human stomach and epsilon cells of the pancreas that stimulates appetite.[1] Ghrelin levels increase before meals and decrease after meals.

A study appearing in the journal Nature Neuroscience (June 15, 2008 online) suggests that the hormone might help defend against symptoms of stress-induced depression and anxiety.[23] To test whether ghrelin could regulate depressive symptoms brought on by chronic stress, the researchers subjected mice to daily bouts of social stress, using a standard laboratory technique that induces stress by exposing normal mice to very aggressive “bully” mice. Such animals have been shown to be good models for studying depression in humans. The researchers stressed both wild-type mice and altered mice that were unable to respond to ghrelin. They found that after experiencing stress, both types of mice had significantly elevated levels of ghrelin that persisted at least four weeks after their last defeat encounter. The altered mice, however, displayed significantly greater social avoidance than their wild-type counterparts, indicating an exacerbation of depression-like symptoms. They also ate less than the wild-type mice.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Perspective taking

From Forum on Public Policy

Perspective taking is the ability to see things from a point of view other than one’s own. In describing perspective taking,

Moskowitz says: “We must be able to stand in the shoes of others, see the world through their eyes, empathize with what they are feeling, and attempt to think and react to the world in the same way that they think and react to the world.”1 Perspective taking is often referred to as or considered a part of the “theory of mind,” a concept introduced in 1978 by researchers Premack and Woodruff who tested chimpanzees to see if they understood that others had a different mind and point of view.2 Perspective taking, or theory of mind , is considered an important step in the cognitive development of children.

One of these skills that children develop that coincides with the development of their language skills is the skill of perspective taking. How exactly these two skills relate is currently a matter of debate among researcher. There is a strong relationship between language acquisition and perspective taking.

Inherent in perspective taking are many significant interpersonal values, including respect for different realities, appreciation for individual differences, objectivity, flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity, and nonjudgmental attitudes.Characteristics commonly associated with perspective taking are “patience, reasonableness and sensitivity,” which lead to more accuracy in judging others.

One definition describes empathy as “the ability to identify, experience and understand the emotions of
others and act to reduce the negative emotions exhibited by others.”

When language is rich in cues for perspective taking and perspective shifting, it awakens the imagination of the listener and leads to successful sharing of ideas, impressions, attitudes, and narratives. When the process of perspective sharing is disrupted by interruptions, monotony, excessive complexity, or lack of shared knowledge, communication can break down.30
Brian MacWhinney

In explaining why empathy might be an advantage in language acquisition, Baron-Cohen says that “language acquisition requires not just decoding heard words in a look-up table but identifying the speaker’s intended meanings (i.e., the speaker’s mental states).”
Simon Baron-Cohen, Do Sex Differences in Empathy Account for Sex Differences in Language Acquisition?

To begin with, Mertz and Lieber recommend using the “Believing Game” in class, which they claim “invites us to be more flexible, to recognize that everyone has ‘a piece of truth.’ Believing helps us move beyond ‘black and white’ absolutes to more tentative opinions, more original interpretations, and solutions that truly consider all points of view.” In the Believing Game, students are asked to listen to or read one person’s point of view while keeping their minds open to believing and accepting those ideas as truth. They then discuss and ask questions in order to more fully understand and accept that point of view. Only after they summarize the main tenets of the position can they start doubting and critically analyzing the position. Several more perspectives can be presented after that and the same process can be followed. At the end of the activity, students can report what they learned, if they were surprised by any of the information presented, and whether they found certain values or concerns common to all perspectives.
Gayle Mertz and Carol Miller Lieber
Suggestions for Using the Believing Game,” Educators for Social Responsibility

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mind Reading Software


'An adult or teenager with Asperger's syndrome who struggles to decipher facial expressions and their emotional link would find it valuable. I work in school using a joint working/consultative model and have to plan my use of the software carefully. I would have no hesitation in recommending this to teaching colleagues. The manual is simple and refreshed my approach to programme planning.' - Bulletin

'I am delighted that my acting might actually help people with autism learn to recognize how other people feel. It is wonderful that drama and special education can be combined in this exciting new software.'

- Daniel Radcliffe

Mind Reading is a unique reference work covering the entire spectrum of human emotions. It is available as a DVD-ROM and also as a set of CD-ROMs running on either a Windows or an Apple Macintosh computer. Using the software you can explore over 400 emotions, seeing and hearing each one performed by six different people. There are three main sections: Emotions Library, Learning Centre and Games Zone.

Mind Reading is for everyone interested in emotions. It has been designed with awareness of the needs of children and adults who may want to improve their ability to recognize emotions in others. It is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, those involved in social skills training and people working in the dramatic arts.

Emotions Library Here you can study 412 different emotions organized into 24 groups. Six video clips are provided for each emotion showing close-up performances by a wide range of people (old, young, male, female). Six audio clips express the intonation of each emotion. There are definitions and stories for each emotion, a search facility, and a scrapbook where you can create and organize your own collections.

Learning Center Learn to improve your emotion recognition skills in this section. Valuable to a wide set of users of all ages, including people on the autistic spectrum. A variety of lessons and quizzes are provided to present emotions in a systematic way and then to test recognition. The difficulty of some lessons can be adjusted to suit a wide range of ability levels. A rich set of collectible rewards is provided to help motivate users.

Games Zone If you want to have fun with emotions then play one of the games in this section. See how world famous actor Daniel Radcliffe reacts to being offered some raw squid ! Visit a school, an office or a market to play with emotions in the real world. Play a fast moving card game where you have to match the faces to win or guess the emotion in the hidden face. The Games Zone encourages informal learning about emotions in a less structured setting.

Friday, November 7, 2008

best course in Psycology ever!

Jeremy Wolf PhD'81 is one of the best, if not the best, lecturer at MIT. As long as he has been teaching Introduction to Psychology (9.00), it has been substantially oversubscribed. He has received consistent rave reviews in the Course Evaluation Guide (earning a 6.4 on a scale of 1-7 this year), earning the highest evaluation of any professor for a class that size.

The human brain is the most complex, sophisticated, and powerful information-processing device known.

To study its complexities, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology combines the experimental technologies of neurobiology, neuroscience, and psychology, with the theoretical power that comes from the fields of computational neuroscience and cognitive science.

Since the field of brain and cognitive sciences is relatively young and extremely dynamic, there is no single text that encompasses the subject matter covered in most of the classes offered by the department. To educate and train future scientists, readings are from primary journal articles or research papers. This approach provides broad coverage, as well as the depth needed, so that students are exposed to cutting-edge knowledge in the various specialties of neuroscience and cognitive science. Browsing the course materials in MIT OpenCourseWare, the jewels are revealed in the detailed reading lists that provide a window on the current thinking in each subject.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

She can best describe yourself:
A day with savoy cabbage is a good day. That’s because it is a thoroughly planned day. In my world such days are super good days. --Zitat

Since early childhood I felt different from all the people around.
I never felt any kind of belonging to them. By chance I learned about Asperger’s Syndrome. I knew at once: This people are like me. They share my feelings and think and experience like I do. Today I know for sure that I have the Asperger’s Syndrome.
I was diagnosed by Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Vogeley from the university hospital in Cologne.
The day of my diagnosis was the fist day of my new life.
On November 2nd 2005 my life as an Asperger autistic woman began.

Persuasive Communication Workshop: Moving Between Metaphors

Insight from a 2007 Alumni Leadership Conference workshop presented by Stever Robbins '86 that shows how to influence decisions, sway opinion, and get what you want.

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