However, such a limited understanding of special education is incomplete and belies the true nature of human development, potential, and the infinite complexities that exist within the human brain. As such, this brief paper will analyze Asperberger’s syndrome within the broader context of special education and the unique opportunities that such a syndrome represents to both the educational system, the individual suffering from it, and society at large. Firstly, Aspergers disease has only recently begun to be more fully understood than it has in the past. Previously, it was almost invariably wrongly lumped in together with a host of autism spectrum disorders that neither related to it nor helped to define it very well. Although it is an autism disorder, the ways in which the syndrome itself is exhibited and understood are quite different from those that other autism disorders display. Furthermore, due to the fact that the disease is little understood and exhibits itself predominately among boys, it is oftentimes misdiagnosed by teachers, family members, and even professionals as a type of obsession or compulsion that is merely indicative of certain phase of development and will necessarily pass with time.
In this way, the reader can adequately see that although medical experts claim the syndrome may affect as many as 3% of the population, it is oftentimes misunderstood, under diagnosed or misdiagnosed (Baylis 2011). ...Show more