Aspergers Syndrome is a condition that is often misunderstood by laypersons. It is named after Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician. In 1944, Hans Asperger studied children who were showing stunted development of social skills including nonverbal communication, empathy, and physical coordination. They may also exhibit great interest in very specific subjects. An example of this would be a great interest in baseball in which the person with Aspergers is able to list myriad of facts and statistics.
People who have Aspergers Syndrome may casually refer to themselves as Aspies, which is a term first used in 1999 by renowned educator Liane Holliday Willey. Aspies need special attention from educators or else they will fall behind in their education. Parents with children who have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome often consider sending the children to a dedicated Aspergers school.
The biggest difference between a normal school and an Aspergers school is that the teachers are trained to be able to handle the challenges that arise when instructing a child with this condition. The children will not speak or interact in the same way as children who do not suffer from the condition. Possibly the most prominent school for aspergers is the Talisman Academy. Here, they educate the students in both academics and social interaction. It is essential that a school for Aspergers has a healthy balance of both fields in its curriculum.
The most commonly diagnosed childhood behavioral disorder is ADHD. Children with ADHD are very inattentive, act impulsively, or are overactive. Often, it is a combination of these factors. All these may sound like they would describe any small child, but in order for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, they must be outside the normal range of these factors for their age and stage of development. Unfortunately, there are no dedicated schools for adhd.
Dyslexia is yet another disorder that plagues children in our education system. One school dedicated to dyslexia is the Kildonan School which has been educating students since 1969. Schools for dyslexia are rare, though.