Asperger’s Syndrome is branch of the autism spectrum disorders. Like other autism disorders, Asperger’s syndrome is characterized by problems in social interaction. Children suffering from Asperger’s syndrome may also show repetitive behavior and intense focus on a limited amount of interests. Asperger’s syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because children usually show average to above-average intelligence, may not represent all the characteristic behavior, and the exhibited behavior may be subtle. The symptoms that are present appear early in a child’s life.
Children with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulty with social interaction. Lack of understanding body language and rules of conversation are signs of Asperger’s syndrome. Also, children with Asperger’s syndrome express the wrong facial expressions with their emotions or in response to others. Difficultly maintaining eye contact or inappropriate staring in social situations are also symptoms. Children with Asperger’s syndrome appear not to feel empathy and have difficulty relating to other people.
A child with Asperger’s syndrome adheres to a strict routine. They will be resistant to any changes in the routine. These routines often include actions that are not required to complete a task, such as having to always walk in to the same door in their house or walking around a chair before sitting down. Repeating noises or sounds are also signs of repetitive behavior in Asperger’s syndrome.
Children with Asperger’s syndrome focus on a select few items of interest. They show intense attention to a restricted range of subjects. The focus on the limited subjects can be obsessive. The interest may consume the thoughts of a child with Asperger’s syndrome completely. Although many of the limited interests expressed by children with Asperger’s syndrome fall into regular children interests, some may be far outside the normal range such as a preoccupation with furnaces.
Asperger’s syndrome is a high functioning autism spectrum disorder, and children with Asperger’s syndrome, although experiencing difficulties, are able to live full, healthy lives. Behavioral therapy, the most common therapy for treatment, is able to provide children with Asperger’s syndrome the ability to overcome or control social difficulties and repetitive behaviors. Educational help can expand interests and provide additional learning aids. Children with Asperger’s syndrome are able to become fully functional and successful adults.
Asperger Syndrome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorders Health Center http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms