Sunday, February 5, 2012

Asperger's in Children

Asperger's Syndrome is named after Hans Asperger the Austrian physician who, in 1944, first identified Asperger symptoms. Although he described symptoms of Asperger's, the diagnosis wasn't widely accepted until much later. Recent Autism statistics suggest that up to one in three hundred children have Asperger's. Usually the Asperger Symptoms are first identified during the preschool years. Asperger's syndrome is a type of pervasive developmental delay. It is similar to mild autism when viewed along with the many types of autism.

Following is a list of frequently noted characteristics:

Signs of Asperger's include difficulty reading nonverbal cues and interacting socially with others.

Children with Asperger's Syndrome often concentrate on one topic filtering out other subjects that are not of interest.

Many children with Asperger's Autism experience difficulties when routines are changed.

Children with Asperger's often speak in a monotone with little variation in intonation, often in adult manner.

Children often prefer to stick to specific patterns when completing tasks and routines.

Many children are slightly behind their peers with motor skill development and coordination. They often hold a rigid posture and are known to exhibit unusual gestures.

Many children with Asperger's have difficulty understanding figures of speech, slang, and subtleties in language.

Playing and interacting with other children may be difficult.

The majority of children with Asperger's have an average to above average I.Q.

Signs of Asperger's become more noticeable when the child enters pre-school and/or early elementary school and begins to interact with peers.

Often there may be family members who display Aspergers symptoms in adults or who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

One or two of these characteristics doesn't necessarily mean that your child has Asperger's syndrome. However, if you are experiencing concerns it is recommended that you visit your child's pediatrician or speak with professionals in the field who can initiate a formal evaluation and provide additional information.

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