Georgia Asperger's Organization

Marcia Singson is the Founding President of Georgia Asperger's Organization and a loving
and devoted parent of two wonderful and healthy young men.  Both sons are currently enrolled in a
local college and her oldest son was a Freshman in high school when tests indicated that
he may have Asperger's Syndrome (a neurological condition).
Marcia has participated in several local and regional advocacy and educational workshops
and training seminars to better equip her for the challenges of advocating
for supports through Post Secondary Education and Supported Employment.  She is devoted to
empowering and encouraging other families who are looking for answers and resources.

Georgia Asperger's Organization is dedicated to reaching and teaching
the families of Georgia about Asperger's, PDD,  and HFA (high functioning autism) through
family and community events, workshops, and monthly meetings.  

Volunteers are welcome to join with us as we continue to
encourage and educate families while assisting communities to embrace
our uniqueness and exceptional gifts and talents
.
Feel free to email us at any time with ideas, resources, suggestions, or questions.
Marcia Singson

Great Resources for:

Organizational Skills
and ASD

MONARCH
INCLUSION CORNER

National Autism
Conference NAC
November 2007

Program Guide
in PDF format

An
Educator’s Guide
to
Asperger Syndrome
Counseling  
is available for children
with
High-Functioning
Autism
& Asperger's
Syndrome

For more information call
Dr. Erica Kasler
with
Positive Outcomes
in
Athens, GA at

706-546-8440
Pathway's Transition
Program
provides therapy and
advocacy within your
home.  
For more information
call: 770-294-0111
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information that may be presented or advertised on these sites.
Fast Facts –Regarding Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)
and High Functioning Autism (HFA)

Person’s with AS / HFA usually:

  1. May be visual thinkers and learners
  2. Are very literal in their thoughts and interpretations
  3. Have average to above average IQ's
  4. May have strong verbal skills
  5. Are routine oriented and rule-based in their behavior
  6. Are not flexible in their thinking
  7. May have difficulty socializing with others
  8. Obsess around their favorite things and interests
  9. Have difficulty understanding another's point of view and ideas
  10. Have difficulty reading the behavior of others
  11. Experience difficulty in making or keeping eye contact
  12. Are uncoordinated and dislike physical activity including sports
  13. Are very vulnerable to stress and high levels of anxiety
  14. Find emotions difficult to express, discuss,  or understand
  15. Have sensory integration difficulties and seek sensory stimulation and input

Person’s with AS / HFA may display some or all  
of the following characteristics:

  1. Socially awkward
  2. Naive and gullible (easy target for bullies)
  3. Often unaware of others' feelings
  4. Limited play and leisure skills
  5. Unusually accurate memory for details
  6. Difficulty with sleeping or eating
  7. Trouble with organizational skills
  8. Easily upset by changes in routines
  9. Unusual and very intense areas of interests
  10. Lack peer and friendship establishment
  11. Limited or immature conversation skills (difficulties with give and take)
  12. Unusual or conflicting body language or facial expressions, e.g., smiling when
    telling something sad
  13. Unusual speech patterns (repetitive and/or irrelevant remarks)
  14. Unusually loud, high or monotone voice or stilted manner of speaking
  15. Difficulty managing stress, frustration

10 Suggested Intervention Strategies

  1. Provide environmental supports (visual and organizational supports, preferential
    seating, travel card, and a home base/safe person).
  2. Set clear expectations and boundaries. Post them on the wall.
  3. Provide instructions in verbal and written form as much as possible.
  4. Modify assignments and homework for length, quantity and amount of written
    language required. Provide homework checklists and an extra set of text books.
  5. Augment curriculum with enrichment activities and other high interest materials.
  6. Allow the person to earn free-time daily to be used as he/she wants.
  7. Program and assist the student in planning for unstructured times (hallway
    transitions, recess, PE, bus rides, before and after school wait times).
  8. Facilitate social memberships (program for daily opportunities for the person to
    interact and develop relationships/friendships). Provide social skill instruction on
    a consistent basis and use practice and or modeling and or role-playing.
  9. Act as an interpreter; find out what the current social topics and slang are and
    teach these to the person with AS / HFA
  10. Teach peers how to interact appropriately and understand the person.
Heather C. Futral,
PsyD
provides
Psychological
Evaluations
770-882-5884
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