Are people with Asperger’s syndrome violent?
Most common myths about people with Asperger’s Syndrome
They are violent
The media has done a lot to perpetuate the link between Asperger’s Syndrome and violence. A lot of the conversation across the Sandy Hook Elementary College mass firing, for example, focused around the actual fact that the shooter have been identified as having Asperger’s. There is, however, no scientific basis for this damaging misconception. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders clearly states that there surely is no interconnection between violent habit and Asperger’s. Actually, they’re more likely to be the patients of bullying and assault.
It’s important to distinguish between violence and aggression. . Children with Asperger’s have a tendency to exhibit more extreme behavior including moving, shoving and irritated outbursts. But this behavior is almost always reactive rather than intentionally violent behavior intended to cause harm.
How come this so harmful?
This misconception makes it less likely that other children will want to befriend a child with Asperger’s. For a kid that already battles with social conversation, being ostracised is harmful and can further hamper their psychological development.