What Is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome is a type of developmental disorder that affects children. It is characterized by a child’s inability to socialize or to effectively communicate with other children and people.

Children with Asperger’s syndrome usually feel awkward and unease when among other children or adults. Asperger’s syndrome is grouped along other conditions that belong to the pervasive developmental disorders that also include autism. However, this condition is considered to belong to the milder end of the said disorder category.

Causes of asperger syndrome

Doctors have yet to determine the actual cause of Asperger’s syndrome. What doctors do know is that there seems to be a strong genetic component to the condition. Other likely cause would include certain structural abnormalities on different regions of the brain during development.

Symptoms of asperger syndrome

Symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome can be exhibited when a child finds himself in a certain social setting. One of the key symptoms includes speaking in a monotonous or unusually fast tone.

Children with Asperger’s syndrome also display unusual physical activity especially when communicating with another person. The child may seem to avoid making eye contact, show few facial expressions as well as have awkward posture and body gestures when communicating.

Another symptoms associated with Asperger’s syndrome is a child’s seemingly all absorbing interest in specific topics. A child with the condition would show an obsession with talking about a couple of specific yet seemingly narrow and unimportant subjects such as basketball statistics or the weather.

Some children would engage in one sided and long running conversation, not noticing if the listener is listening at all to trying to go into a different subject to talk about.

How asperger syndrome is diagnosed?

Diagnosing Asperger’s syndrome in children can be very difficult. If signs are suspected in a child, a doctor may suggest giving the child a comprehensive assessment handled by a team of experts in the field.

Doctors may want to seek information about the child’s medical history, social interaction with other kids and people, the level of their communication skills as well as the child’s history of development.

Careful analysis of the child on certain emotional, behavioral and psychological aspects may be required since Asperger’s syndrome can be misdiagnosed as other similar conditions.

Treatment

There is no cure for Asperger’s syndrome in terms of treating the core signs that exhibit the symptoms. But early intervention can help children be more able to manage and handle the condition through behavior management and social skills training.

Medication may be recommended to treat other conditions that may come with Asperger’s syndrome such as anxiety and depression.