‘Britain’s got Talent’ break out star Susan Boyle has recently come out and stated she has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Susan Boyle first appeared on ‘Britain’s got talent’ in 2009 in which she sang ‘Les Misérables’s’ ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ shocking the audience and judges. Susan Boyle recently stated in an interview "Asperger's doesn't define me. It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do." “I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” Boyle stated ”Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.” … “I made a promise to my mum that I would do something with my life," continued Boyle. "Spiritually, she's with me all the time. She has had a word with someone upstairs, because I wouldn't have had this otherwise. There has been some sort of intervention in some way. I do feel that."
Asperger's Syndrome is defined as is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination. Asperger's syndrome was named for the Austrian doctor, Hans Asperger, who first described the disorder in 1944. However, Asperger's syndrome was not recognized as a unique disorder until much later.
The symptoms of Asperger's syndrome vary and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
- Problems with social skills: Children with Asperger's syndrome generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily. They have difficulty initiating and maintaining conversation.
- Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: Children with this condition may develop odd, repetitive movements, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.
- Unusual preoccupations or rituals: A child with Asperger's syndrome may develop rituals that he or she refuses to alter, such as getting dressed in a specific order.
- Communication difficulties: People with Asperger's syndrome may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language. They also tend to have problems understanding language in context and are very literal in their use of language.
- Skilled or talented: Many children with Asperger's syndrome are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math.
The 52-year-old has sold 14 million albums and become the first British female artist to have a number one album in the U.K. and the U.S. simultaneously. Suasn Boyle delivered a second album, the Christmas-themed ‘The Gift,’ for the holiday season of 2010. Her third outing, 2011's Steve Mac-produced, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me,’ featured a diverse set of hits, including takes on classics like "Both Sides Now" and "Unchained Melody," as well as more modern songs from ‘Tears for Fears’ and ‘Depeche Mode.’
A year after ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, Susan Boyle returned with the concept album ‘Standing Ovation: Greatest Songs from the Stage’, which featured duets with Donny Osmond and Michael Crawford.
Susan Boyle’s latest album ‘Home for Christmas’ is now available on amazon.com for $10.99 and some of the proceeds are going to ‘Save the Children' which works with children in more than 120 countries.
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