Asperger’s Disorder

Asperger’s Disorder

Asperger’s Disorder

Asperger’s disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by having difficulty in interacting socially with other people. Most cases are diagnosed in childhood, but Asperger’s disorder can also be diagnosed in adulthood. .

Symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder:

Asperger’s disorder is demonstrated by the following main symptoms during social interaction:

  • Serious difficulty with eye contact
  • Awkward or clumsy body language – postures and gestures
  • Failure to develop friendships with other children of the same age
  • Failure to express empathy
  • Restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities shown by:

    • An intense preoccupation or obsession with one or two topics, such as baseball statistics or the weather
    • Repetitive movements and mannerisms – hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements
    • An incessant preoccupation with parts of objects

A child with Asperger’s disorder has no significant delay in language, intellectual development, behavior, curiosity about the environment, or the development of age-appropriate self-help skills. Asperger’s is considered to be on the mild pole of autism spectrum disorder.

As with autism, early recognition of Asperger’s disorder is crucial.

Asperger’s Disorder complications:

The symptoms of Asperger’s disorder cause significant impairment in functioning at home, work, school, or social settings.

Treatment of Asperger’s Disorder:

Asperger’s Treatment

Treatment options include non-pharmacological approaches such as:

  • Parent education and training
  • Social skills training
  • Language therapy

Symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder:

Asperger’s disorder is demonstrated by the following main symptoms during social interaction:

  • Serious difficulty with eye contact
  • Awkward or clumsy body language – postures and gestures
  • Failure to develop friendships with other children of the same age
  • Failure to express empathy
  • Restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities shown by:

    • An intense preoccupation or obsession with one or two topics, such as baseball statistics or the weather
    • Repetitive movements and mannerisms – hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements
    • An incessant preoccupation with parts of objects

A child with Asperger’s disorder has no significant delay in language, intellectual development, behavior, curiosity about the environment, or the development of age-appropriate self-help skills. Asperger’s is considered to be on the mild pole of autism spectrum disorder.

As with autism, early recognition of Asperger’s disorder is crucial.

Asperger’s Disorder complications:

The symptoms of Asperger’s disorder cause significant impairment in functioning at home, work, school, or social settings.

Treatment of Asperger’s Disorder:

Asperger’s Treatment

Treatment options include non-pharmacological approaches such as:

  • Parent education and training
  • Social skills training
  • Language therapy
Source PSYCH CENTRAL