Asperger 's Syndrome : A Psychological Disorder

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Asperger’s syndrome is often thought of as an invisible disorder as you usually cannot tell just by one’s physical appearance if they have this syndrome. Asperger’s patients look like everyone else physically but their brains are wired much dissimilarly than someone whom is non-Asperger’s. Although there are no tell tale physical traits of Asperger’s syndrome some patients exhibit a youthful look or glow, blank facial expressions, and lax joints. Although Asperger’s is a psychological disorder, those affected may often have weakened motor skills and impaired functioning. Some examples of this are that someone with Asperger’s may be especially clumsy and awkward, have difficulty with balance, have uneven posture, have an odd stature when walking, and have unusual facial expressions. According to the National Institute of Health a study found that impaired motor skills in Asperger’s patients might be due to an insufficiency in proprioception (Weimer, Schatz, Lincoln, Ballantyne, & Trauner, 2010). Proprioception is defined as the sense of a person’s body, positioning, and spatial orientation. The cerebellum is the part of our brain that is responsible for our unconscious processes of proprioception. Many Asperger’s patients develop hypotonia. Hypotonia is defined as a type of muscle weakness, which can result in messy and untidy handwriting, poor posture, underdeveloped strength, and poor coordination. Many fine motor skills, such as writing, eating, turning…
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