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Explaining Asperger Syndrome
By Maxine Wagner
Have you ever heard of Asperger Syndrome? Well, it is a known neuro-physiologic disorder that was accepted formally in 1994 after Austrian doctor Hans Asperger identified it in 1944.
Asperger Syndrome is not considered an illness or disease that can be given from one person to another. This condition is often present at birth and takes time before a person is consider showing patterns of Asperger Syndrome. This is a diagnosis for children that are in the world of autism. These are pervasive developmental disorder known as PDD, or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Asperger Syndrome has severe deficits as well as pervasive impairment. Development areas that suffer include communication impairment, reciprocal social interaction impairment and other behavior, activity and interest presences that are associated with such a disorder.
A child with Asperger Syndrome has trouble socially including reacting differently than others and having trouble understanding certain things. Someone that has this won’t understand various social elements as body language and facial expressions as well. They don’t even do well when it comes to making eye contact and maintaining it. Another symptom is they have sensory issues including not being able to judge personal space and are attracted to certain foods or fabrics only. Asperger Syndrome sufferers also don’t do well with change or going through a transition. They even go by their own rules no matter if they are instructed otherwise. Each person with Asperger Syndrome can have their own compensation of symptoms.
Most of the common symptoms include:
* Talking extremely well for their age yet having trouble communicating because they don’t understand listening and talking go together.
* Constantly preferring to be with adults or older children rather than children their own age.
* Extreme criticism sensitivity.
Yet another element of Asperger Syndrome in children is they have a high or at least an average IQ score. These children will also have trouble making friends and keeping friends. They are often bullied because they have social issues since they have this condition that can lead to abnormal repetition issues and various awkward actions. Even their speech can take on abnormalities.
When it comes to treating Asperger Syndrome there are no medications for it directly. Nevertheless, such medication used for obsessive compulsive, anxiety and attention deficit diagnosis is often prescribed for this condition as well. Often as a person gets older the symptoms lessen and the person learns to cope with their condition. As it is a genetic condition, complete cure has not been found but coping with many of the associated symptoms has been helped by therapy and behavioral counseling.
• parent education and training
• specialized educational interventions for the child
• social skills training
• language therapy
• sensory integration training for younger kids, usually performed by an occupational therapist, in which they are desensitized to stimuli to which they’re overly sensitive
• psychotherapy or behavioral/cognitive therapy for older children
Currently there are some schools that provide normal schooling for children diagnosed with this syndrome but the progress is dependent on the teachers, caregivers and parents while others receive education at special schools.
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