Asperger syndrome and Children
Children with A.S. have a neurological disorder that is often characterized by poor social interactions, obsessive behavior, odd speech and facial and limb mannerisms. Often someone with Asperger syndrome and children diagnosed as well with the disability are considered, and often referred to, as being someone with “high-functioning autism.”
Someone with Asperger syndrome and children in particular will often display development delay disorders. These children with Asperger syndrome usually have difficulty with social skills. They are not able to interpret the nonverbal cues from other people that come from facial clues and body language. For someone with Asperger syndrome and children especially, direct eye contact may be difficult. Because of this difficulty, these children do not easily form friendships with their peers. Additionally, they do not endeavor to share their interests. They like to keep them to themselves.
While autistic children will suffer from pervasive developmental delay, someone with Asperger syndrome and children in particular with Asperger syndrome do not have an obvious delay in language development. Quite often A.S. children will exhibit extensive vocabularies that will be advanced compared to other children their age. Despite their above normal commands of vocabulary, A.S. children take what others are saying or talking about very literally. Also, infants suffering with Asperger syndrome and children alike, usually will acquire the self-help skills needed at the same ages as other children will.
Adults with Asperger syndrome and children diagnosed as well may exhibit obsessive interests in certain objects or subjects to the point that they have no interest in anything else. Both adults with Asperger syndrome and children seem to actively seek information about whatever topic they have chosen to obsess about and then become so immersed in that subject that it seems to others unusual. With this behavior they can become very inflexible in what they do and stick strictly to certain routines. Hand-flapping or peculiar postures are gestures made by some A.S. children that make them appear clumsy.
There is not a cure for someone diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Adults with Asperger syndrome and children diagnosed will need the right amount of help and treatments with social skills, behavior modification with BAF and other psychosocial interventions. Sometimes both adults with Asperger syndrome and children as well will need medications that will help with other aspects of the condition. If medications are needed they are monitored for results and possible side effects.
Many behavioral disorders can be a difficult diagnosis. Adults with Asperger syndrome and children as well will often have other specific treatment disorders along with the A.S. disability. If you are wondering if your child or someone you know has A.S. there is a test called Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale test available that can help with the initial diagnosis.
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