Asperger’s is not a curse – it is just a difference, and a difference that can be worked around. Your Loved One CAN Still Be a Happy, Stable, Calm, Successful and Productive Person.
Asperger syndrome, also known as Asperger’s syndrome or Asperger disorder, is anautism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.
Asperger syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, studied and described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Fifty years later, it was standardized as a diagnosis, but many questions remain about aspects of the disorder. For example, there is doubt about whether it is distinct from high-functioning autism (HFA); partly because of this, its prevalence is not firmly established. It has been proposed that the diagnosis of Asperger’s be eliminated, to be replaced by a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on a severity scale.
The exact cause is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic basis; brain imaging techniques have not identified a clear common pathology. There is no single treatment, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of management is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness. Most children improve as they mature to adulthood, but social and communication difficulties may persist. Some researchers and people with Asperger’s have advocated a shift in attitudes toward the view that it is a difference, rather than a disability that must be treated or cured.
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Meet Aaron Barron a new friend who wants to build a jewish community to help people with Autism and Aspeger’s syndrome. Ach Somayach brings together news and entertainment for people with autism and Aspergers, and people who are interested in us. To make Asperger’s a little less scary, lonely, and confusing
to celebrate the accomplishments of people on the spectrum
to provide people with the information they need to function as Asperger’s/autistic citizens. Click our new ->Jewish Asperger’s link<-
For more info please email Aaron Barron <email@example.com> and Eli Goldsmith firstname.lastname@example.org thanks!
Please read below an email of a good friend in the world of health which is an eye opener to Aaron Barron important ideas and with Rabbinical letters and backing!
hope this email finds you and your entire family in good health and doing well. I also hope that the young couples are all doing well and that a blessing hovers within their homes. I have an interesting request to you which may or may not interest you. About a month ago, I was leaving my office and I miscalculated the stairs, which caused me to fall down heavily on my right foot. Being in tremendous pain, my wife suggested that we call a neighbor whose name is Aaron Barron, who we heard worked in Hatzalah to see if he could come over and tell us if I broke my foot or not. We called him up and he came right over [he is in the same courtyard. He looked at the foot, and said he wasn’t sure, but it wasn’t worthwhile taking any chances and he helped me over to his car and drove me to Magen Dovid Edom. He is extremely sweet person, a real tzaddik and he started telling me about his background.
Apparently he is from England and his father was extremely active in keruv and he also followed in his father’s footsteps and has been active in Kiruv since he was 17 years old. He is now in his forties. He is very connected to the Rachmashifka Rebbe who is very supportive of his work, and to whom he asks personal questions. He is also very close with the Amshinover Rebbe, (pictured below)
to whom he asks questions regarding his work with klal Yisroel. He was also close to Rav Mordechai Eliyhahu, to whom he asked questions in regards to his work with Mizrahi yidden. In his early years of experience, he asked the Rachmishka is he should start up a Hatzlala and the Rebbe answered him Yes, also, but the main hatlala should be hatzala ruichni. In any case, he started Hatzlala in Telston, then later in Gilo and he also started a ��� of torah classes in Mattei Yehuda, which is still functioning and provides 450 shiurim a week. Along the way, he became very involved in saving boys from frum backgrounds, who were in danger of going off the derect. He created a series of programs for such boys which involved chesed projects, bringing sefrei torah to army bases etc. the boys were told that the projects included boys who were perfectly okay and boys who needed chizuk. Each boy was given to understand that he was one of the boys in balance and he was there to help the boys who were not. This gave each boy the sense of feeling needed and valued without any impingement on this ego. These programs worked quite well. The latest project that he wanted to start [and with strong encouragement from the Amshinover Rebbe] is to help boys with Aspergers. He told me that by their nature, boys with Aspergers don’t make friends easily, and by putting them together with the first type of boys [who need chizuk] it is possible to kill two birds with on stone, in other words to give the Asperger boys buddies and friends to do things with, and to give the boys who need chizuk a needed project to keep them in line [they are basically good boys, but they need to know someone is looking out for them]. Aharon explained to me that organizations to help Aspergers boys with projects like his are available through the Israeli government, but the projects they do are not appropriate for frum boys for many reasons. But when he has spoken to heads of such organizations, their response is that the programs are available, and it is not their responsibility to do special programs for frum boys. Last week, I met Aharon on the way to shul for minha. We started a long discussion and mad e a meeting in which Aharon brought me a number of videos to look at and at which we discussed his background more in depth than the night he took to Terem. I explained to him that it is quite obvious that the needs to have a group of individuals helping him and not be doing everything himself [as in the past]. I suggested that he meet someone who does web sites and set up an appointment with him. I also spoke to Nachman to make a meeting with him this week, to see if he has suggestions for him. Everyone who meets Aharon literally sees the shechina shining from his face! So the question is that since I know that you have an interest in helping boys with Aspergers, Do you think that you would be willing to either meet with Aharon some time in the near future or speak with him over the phone, and perhaps you might be able to help him either through various connections you may know of, or at least, give him some ideas that might help him actualize his goal.
I am sure that you will find the time spent with him personally rewarding, even if nothing comes from the meeting, just from the fact that he has a ������ ����� �����.
And of course, it is possible and likely that your creative mind and infectious enthusiasm will get him moving in positive directions. So if you are willing to meet with him, email me back to that effect and I will tell him to set an appropriate time with you. ���� ������
All the best,