• Questionaire/Survey

    Community, Communication Design

    Questions that I asked were

    1. What is your background on Asperger’s syndrome? In other words, do you yourself have, know someone who has, or have heard of this syndrome?
    2. How much or what do you know about asperger’s syndrome?
    3. When you first meet someone new, how do you greet him or her and become friends?
    4. When you are or were in school, was there someone singled out as ‘weird’ or ‘strange’? if then, for what reasons?
    5. How do you feel if someone doesn’t understand or realize your emotions?
    6. What sort of activities did you engage in with your friends when you were in elementary school?
    7. If you don’t mind being contacted with more questions, please leave your email address or another way to contact you.

    I sent out the questions to classmates and others not in art fields (29/35). After I conducted this survey, I realized how majority of people did not know about asperger’s syndrome, just like me, however few people have heard of the term through their classes, and one told that she was diagnosed with this syndrome when she was five. My 3rd question of how to greet someone when first meets, most of them answered as to find common interests, give each other attentions, and smiles on the face. The question of why there was someone singled out, people answered that they acted differently, due to their physical appearance, and too quiet. Many of them said they get frustrated, lonely, and uncomfortable when someone doesn’t realize their emotions. Social interaction is important, so the question that asks what sort of activities were engaged with friends provided that they did sports games together, having birthday parties, bicycles, lots of outdoor activities, hide and seek, and playing with Lego blocks. Lots of interviewers did not feel comfortable giving their email address for more questions when it’s needed.

  • Sumin, Nice work. The next step is to extract lessons from this information that you have so nicely summarized here. Some things that jump out for me are that we should assume that Aspbergers Syndrome is not common, but that some of the emotional difficulties people living with Aspberger's feel are not that different from what people who don't identify themselves as having Aspberger's are living with. It seems to me that some of the symptoms associated with Autism spectrum disorders are quite common; many people feel weird, and a great number of people, including some I know very well, have trouble understanding the emotions of others. So, is it just a matter of degree that makes someone autistic? What do you think?

  • In response to very interesting, SuMin!, posted by steven landau,
    in the thread Questionaire/Survey

    Thank you for your comments. I think it's little hard to say someone who has difficulties in understanding the emotions of others means that person has this austic spectrum. I mean I think all of us have some difficulties in some area and that if there's lots of areas that someone has difficulties in matches with the characteristics of someone with austism then I think it's better to check for it. I will post the lists of characteristics of aspergers syndrome. Maybe it could define this syndrome little bit more? hopefully??

  • Do you know how a diagnosis of autism or aspberger's is made? Are there a number of symptoms with the person has to have for some duration? I know that, because of the way that health insurance is structured, it is necessary to have very precise methods for determining who deserves a particular treatment. Usually, this is controlled by professional diagnostic manuals, such as the DSM IV. where we read,

    "Diagnosis is based on behavior, not cause or mechanism.[29][89] Autism is defined in the DSM-IV-TR as exhibiting at least six symptoms total, including at least two symptoms of qualitative impairment in social interaction, at least one symptom of qualitative impairment in communication, and at least one symptom of restricted and repetitive behavior. Sample symptoms include lack of social or emotional reciprocity, stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language, and persistent preoccupation with parts of objects. Onset must be prior to age three years, with delays or abnormal functioning in either social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play. The disturbance must not be better accounted for by Rett syndrome or childhood disintegrative disorder.[2] ICD-10 uses essentially the same definition.[10]"

    Also, I am sure you have looked into online screening for autism

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