November 17, 2009
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Shawnee State University
Professor Publishes Monograph About Asperger Syndrome
Asperger’s Syndrome is a disorder that is found in many
children and when these children grow up, the syndrome
follows them through life.
According to experts, most of these individuals are very
intelligent people, but they struggle in the workplace. They
have the desire to interact with others but have trouble
understanding the mechanics of how to do it and how to make
it work. Their main problem revolves around impaired problem
solving and social skills.
become a huge topic in children but not much research has
been done on adults with Asperger’s Syndrome,” said Dr.
Debra Scurlock, assistant professor of the Masters in
Occupational Therapy Program.
this reason, Scurlock wrote a book that she refers to as a
medical reference text.
book is called “An Occupational Profile For Adults With AS
book describes my findings on how adults with Asperger’s
Syndrome have personality variables, an ‘occupational
profile’ that impacts what types of jobs and how long these
individuals maintain employment,” said Scurlock.
book is available in bookstores and online at
www.amazon.com. For more
information about the book, contact Scurlock at (740)