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Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series – A List of Famous People with Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome

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This is the third and final in a Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series of blog posts. The first covered what they are, signs/symptoms, diagnosis and treatment approaches and can be read here. The second covered Wonderful Websites and can be read here.

Below is a list of famous people (in alphabetical order) with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome:

Autism

Charles-Darwin

Charles Darwin, Naturalist [Deceased]According to Words I Seek.
Image From & Copyright © Skepticism.org.

courtney-love

Courtney Love, Actress
According to Babble.
Image From & Copyright © Radar Online.

Satoshi-Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri, Creator of Pokemon
According to Autism Spectrum Explained.
Image From & Copyright © Pokemon.

Stephen-Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire, Architectural Artist
According to Child-Autism-Parents-Cafe.com.
Image From & Copyright © ZIMBIO.

Wolfgang-Mozart

Wolfgang Mozart, Composer [Deceased]According to Babble.
Image From & Copyright © Festival Mozaic.

It was difficult to find many famous people who report that they are on the autistic spectrum. This might be because it is only relatively recently that we have begun diagnosing people with autism.

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Asperger’s Syndrome

Abraham-Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, President & Statesman [Deceased]According to Ranker.
Image From & Copyright © The Still Man.

Adam-Young

Adam Young, Singer in Owl City Band
According to Asperger-Syndrome.Me.Uk.
Image From & Copyright © Fanart.Tv.

albert-einstein

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist [Deceased]According to Words I Seek.
Image From & Copyright © Wiki Media.

Anthony-Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins, Actor
According to Asperger Syndrome.Me.Uk.
Image From & Copyright © The Famous People.

Craig-Nicholls

Craig Nicholls, Singer in former band The Vine
According to Ranker.
Image From & Copyright © Live Music.

Daryl-Hannah

Daryl Hannah, Actress & Environmentalist
According to Asperger-Syndrome.Me.Uk.
Image From & Copyright © The Famous People.

Gary-Numan

Gary Numan, Singer & Song Writer
According to Child-Autism-Parent-Cafe.
Image From & Copyright © Electronic Beats.

Michael-Jackson

Michael Jackson, Singer [Deceased]According to Ranker.
Image From & Copyright © Pursuitist.

Phillipa-Brown-(Ladyhawke

Phillipa Brown (Ladyhawke), Singer & Song Writer
According to Asperger-Syndrome.Me.Uk.
Image From & Copyright © FanPop.

robin-williams

Robin Williams, Comedian and Actor [Deceased]According to Ranker.
Image From & Copyright © DAVID LANZILAO/REDUX on Daily Beast.

Susan-Boyle

Susan Boyle, Singer
According to The Richest.
Image From & Copyright © Aol.

Tim-Burton

Tim Burton, Film Director
According to Babble.
Image From & Copyright © Horror Geek Life.

Are there any famous people with autism or Asperger’s syndrome missing from the list above? If so, please leave a comment below and let me know.

The Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series was inspired by Andrea, so thank you Andrea.

You might also like my blog post: A List of Famous People with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and/or Dyscalculia.

Write soon,

Antony

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Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series – Wonderful Websites

By Life, The Web, ThinkingNo Comments
wonderful-websites-image This is the eleventh and final blog post in a series titled Wonderful Websites. The first focused on general health and can be read here. The second focused on mental health and mental illness and can be read here.

The third post focused on shopping and can be read here. The fourth focused on money and can be read here.

The fifth focused on gigs, shows and theatres and can be read here. The sixth focused on paganism and can be read here.

The seventh focused on gay culture and society and can be read here. The eighth focused on TV, Online Streaming & Films and can be read here.

The ninth focused on music & radio and can be read here. The tenth focused on technology and can be read here.

This is also the second in an Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series of blog posts. The first post was Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series – What they are, Signs/Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Approaches.

Here’s Wonderful Websites for autism and Asperger’s syndrome:

1. The National Autistic Society – A great online resource. It covers autism and Asperger’s syndrome for all ages and people in all circumstances.

2. NHS Choices – Autism Spectrum Disorder a great website for understanding the basics of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. It includes sections on: overview, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and adults with autism.

3. Scope: Autism – A fantastic website for all things disability. Their website has sections for people whom are disabled, a section for families and a section for professionals. They also have a telephone helpline.

4. Child Autism UK – A useful website if you have a child who has or you suspect has autism.

5. Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation UK – The website is really basic, but does have some good information on.

6. Asperger-Syndrome.me.uk – This website has some great content, but you can’t copy/paste the information as the information is saved as images rather than text. This means it’s usefulness for research purposes is limited.

Are there any websites around autism or Asperger’s syndrome that you think are useful that aren’t on the list? If so leave a comment below and let me know.

Blog soon,

Antony

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Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series – What they are, Signs/Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Approaches

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During my working and personal life I have met people who have told me that they are on the autistic spectrum or have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. But I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much about autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

So I’m writing this Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series to educate myself and others.

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three.

It’s estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.

(From: NHS Choices – Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), last accessed: Sunday 15th July 2018.)

Here’s a video that explains more:

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What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that falls within the autistic spectrum. It is a life-long condition, which affects about 1 in 200 people, more commonly in men than women. Those with Asperger’s Syndrome are usually of average or above average intelligence.

The condition is characterised by difficulties with Social Interaction, Social Communication and Flexibility of Thinking or Imagination. In addition, there may be sensory, motor and organisational difficulties.

(From: Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation – What is Asperger’s Syndrome, last accessed: Sunday 15th July 2018.)


Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms include difficulties interacting with others and unusual thinking patterns. Behaviour is likely to be affected, as explained below:

Examples of Autism Spectrum Behaviours:

Communication

  • Echoing words/phrases without context
  • Taking an adult to the biscuit tin rather than asking or pointing
  • Taking language too literally

Social Interactions

  • Preference to play alone
  • Difficulty relating to other people
  • Not understanding other’s thoughts and emotions

Repetitive behaviours

  • Hand flapping
  • Toe walking
  • Spinning wheels
  • Lining up cars

Restrictive behaviour

  • Eating only yellow food
  • Insisting on walking the same route
  • Only watching Thomas the Tank Engine

People with autism may or may not have the following:

  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Sensory differences, this is most noticeable when children are over-sensitive to stimuli e.g. distress at loud noises
  • Trouble with co-ordination
  • Unusual eating behaviour such as only eating certain foods
  • Additional learning disabilities
  • A very small percentage have unusual abilities for example with music or memory

(From: Child Autism – Symptoms, last accessed: Sunday 15th July 2018.)

People with autism and Asperger’s syndrome are at higher risk of developing or have these other conditions: learning disabilities, ADHD, epilepsy, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleeping problems, Tourette’s syndrome or other tick disorders.

Autism-Spectrum-Disorder

Image From & Copyright © Dream Health – Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2014.

Diagnosis
People get diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome by their GP referring them to a Specialist Team. These days people are often diagnosed as children. The specialist team usually includes a Paediatrician, a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, a Speech & Language Therapist and a Occupational Therapist.

Treatment Approaches
As every person with autism or Asperger’s syndrome is different, the treatment for each person is different; depending on the individual’s needs. However treatment includes interventions around developing communication skills, interaction skills, the ability to imagine and traditional academic skills.

It is also useful for parents/carers and other family members to go on a parenting and autism course. This is because these courses are packed with strategies to best support a child with autism.

Parents/carers and other family members can also get peer support which will help them feel less isolated and give them opportunities to learn from others at a local support group. If there isn’t a group locally, there’s lots of message boards online.

In the next post in this Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Series I’ll be listing useful websites around autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Write soon,

Antony

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