Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's syndrome is a type of pervasive developmental disorder meaning children struggle with developing basic skills.

What is Asperger's syndrome?

 

Asperger's syndrome is very similar to autism but has some key differences. Children with Asperger's syndrome can come off as having no developmental issues with having normal intelligence and near-normal language development. They typically develop problems communicating and understanding as they get older.

 

Symptoms of Asperger's syndrome:

  • Problems with social skills: it's difficult for children with Asperger's syndrome to make friends. They act awkwardly in social settings. They struggle with initiating and maintaining conversation.
  • Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: children with this disorder can develop strange, repetitive behaviors, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.
  • Unusual preoccupations or rituals: children with Asperger's syndrome may develop rituals that they refuse to alter. An example is a child might get dressed in a versy specific order.
  • Communication difficulties: Children with Asperger's syndrome tend to avoid contact with people when they are communicationg to someone. They have difficulty with body language and deciphering/using gestures and facial expressions.
  • Limited range of interest: children with Asperger's syndrome may develop an intense, almost obsessive, interest in a few areas. Some examples include: sport schedules, weather, or maps.
  • Coordination problems: Children with Asperger's syndrome usually have awkward or clumsy movements.
  • Skilled or talented: Many children with Asperger's syndrome are extraordinarily talented in a particular area such as music or math.

 

Learn more about:

 

  • Diagnosis: essential for determining where the breakdowns are occuring
  • Interventions: learning disorders CAN be overcome!
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