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sed musicians with Asperger's Syndrome (110* d) musicians with Asperger's Syndrome 10 Feb 03


I have been reading about a developmental disorder called Asperger's Syndrome or Disorder. Are there any well-known or not so well known musicians in our field who have overcome or tried to overcome this setback?

Here is some info on it. I think when you read it you may see the connection with some folk musicians.

from this source: http://www.geocities.com/aspergifted/WhatisAsperger.html

What is Asperger Syndrome?


ASPERGER SYNDROME: is a neurobiological disorder named after a Viennese physician, Hans Asperger. In 1944 he published a paper describing a pattern of behaviors in several young boys exhibiting autistic-like behaviors and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills who otherwise had normal intelligence and language development. AS can range from mild to severe. Among the variety of characteristics individuals often have deficiencies in social skills and reading non- verbal cues, hypersensitivity to certain sounds, tastes, smell, sights and touch,
difficulties with transition preferring sameness, obsessive routines, preoccupation with a particular interest sometimes exhibiting exceptional skill or talent in this area, and motor clumsiness. In 1994 Asperger Syndrome was added to the DSM IV.

Aspergers Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) characterized by severe and sustained impairment in social interaction, development and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. These characteristics result in clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.


It appears to be more common in males. Onset is later than what is seen in Autism, or at least recognized later. A large number of children are diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 9. Motor delays, clumsiness, social interaction problems, and odd behaviors are reported. Adults with Asperger's have trouble with empathy and social interaction - the disorder follows a continuous course and is usually lifelong.


Aspergers is not easily recognizable - in fact, many children are misdiagnosed with other neurological disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome or Autism. More frequently, children are misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit (and Hyperactivity) Disorders (ADD & ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).


Such mistakes in diagnosis lead to a delay in treatment of the disorder, though changes in diet, many pharmaceuticals and natural remedies are used to treat multiple neurological and pervasive developmental disorders. No single medication or remedy works for everyone - and AS cannot be completely cured.

Because it is so new and so difficult to diagnose, our society is ill-equipped to deal with the special needs of children afflicted with Asperger's.

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Diagnostic Criteria For 299.80 Asperger's Disorder

A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction
2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity

B. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

1. encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
2. apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
3. stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
4. persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

C. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

D. There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years)

E. There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood

F. Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia

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PS This is not a joke, but a serious inquiry!
-Steve Sedberry


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