Asperger Syndrome Treatment

2009-01-27

AN INTRODUCTION TO ASPERGERS SYNDROME

Autism-help.org is an excellent resource for information on autism and Aspergers Syndrome. They state:

Asperger syndrome is at the milder end of the autism spectrum. Asperger's syndrome is often not identified in early childhood, and many individuals do not receive diagnosis until after puberty or when they are adults. In most cases, they are aware of their differences and recognize when they need support to maintain an independent life. It is differentiated from other Autism Spectrum Disorders in that early development is normal and there is no language delay. It is possible for people with Aspergers syndrome to have learning disabilities concurrently with Asperger syndrome.

While it may be difficult to explain the cause of Aspergers, the University of Maryland Medical Center gives the following causes of Aspergers:

Causes, incidence, and risk factors:

The cause is unknown. Hans Asperger labeled this disorder "Autistic Psychopathy" in 1944, and the cause is still unknown. There is a possible link to autism, and genetic factors may play a role. The condition appears to be more common in boys than in girls.

The child with Asperger shows below-average nonverbal communication gestures, fails to develop peer relationships, has an inability to express pleasure in other people's happiness, and lacks the ability to reciprocate emotionally in normal social interactions.

While people with Asperger syndrome are frequently socially inept, many have above-average intelligence, and they may excel in fields like computer programming and science. There is no delay in cognitive development, in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, or in curiosity about the environment.

Watch for the following signs to help detect Aspergers Syndrome


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