Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common. Signs usually begin before two years old and typically last for a person’s entire life.
They may have difficulty connecting with people and the surrounding activities and, in turn, they will have trouble expressing themselves, processing questions and listening to instructions. Sometimes, they are extra sensitive to sensory stimuli, like loud music.
There is evidence that movement classes are enormously beneficial to ASD people, helping develop coordination and balance, self-discipline and social skills.
I have asked several people with Asperger’s syndrome, and here are some of their answers:
“In school in high school, I did ballroom. I didn’t mind the touching I loved the art about dance”
“I wanted to learn it. I took 2 lessons. Ballroom or square dancing, that’s what I like”
“I did latin ballroom”
“I did classical and jazz ballet for a few years”
“My husband (NT) and I danced ballroom and latin for many years, not so much recently because we have been too busy”
One of these people, Yvonne, has agreed to answer some of my questions:
Hello, Yvonne, thank you very much for your collaboration. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Yw! feel free to ask me anything!
I’m 44 I found out at 41
Dxw/ ASD at 42…im also legally blind n hv other things like depression
What kind of dance do you like the most?
Yw! I don’t dance in public but my fv dance to look at is techno moves like u see in techno electronic music videos…
Have you ever danced with a partner?
No, I’m single… I never did when I briefly had a partner..i like watching people dance more…
Has dancing helped you overcome any problems?
I just move around to fast songs… I think it’s too complicated moving feet etc…I don’t think I can do those kinds where u move ur feet etc…
I’m in a few support groups which I used to be afraid to do…
One last question, I’ll send you a link to a video, tell me what you think and if you would ever be able to dance kizomba
I think many w Aspergers hv a hard time dancing due to coordination issues related to having Aspergers…