Beginning in June, 2007 the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation is establishing, within the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, a new center of excellence for Asperger Research. The purpose and function of the Center is to develop and refine the Koegel’s research-based model for intervention and support for children and Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. The Center is conducting research and intervention with the purpose of developing a model that can be disseminated nationally, and is moving toward the long-term goal of becoming the largest and most comprehensive clearinghouse in the world on intervention for Asperger’s Syndrome.
Examples of specific projects within the new Center include:
What is Asperger Syndrome?
Individuals with AS May Have Some of the Following Characteristics:
* May be very bright and intelligent
*Usually have good language and cognitive skills
*May be socially awkward: Have limited eye contact and lack an understanding of social rules
* May seem aloof and uninterested in others
*May appear to show a lack of empathy
*Usually have an intense interest in a single object or topic
* May want to socialize but don’t know how