Children With Aspergers: What to Look For

"Does My Child Have Aspergers?"

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I’m writing this article to help you better understand what aspergers syndrome is, and to answer questions you may have about your child.  “Does my child have Aspergers?  What is Aspergers? ”

Every child with Asperger’s Syndrome is unique.  In fact, the severity of symptoms varies so much that Aspergers has been called a spectrum.  Think of a rainbow, and you will get a good idea of hos this works.  These children with a similar diagnosis of AS may have different phrases used to explain them such as low-functioning, or high-functioning, as well as autistic tendencies, and pervasive developmental problem. Children who are diagnosed as having high-functioning autism often share the same symptoms as kids clinically determined to have AS.

A Viennese Pediatrician first referred to the list of behaviors in 1940 that later turned generally known as Asperger’s Syndrome.  His name was Hans Asperger. He observed these children as having the following characteristics: standard to higher intelligence as well as language improvement, seriously reduced social skills, an lack of ability to successfully communicate with other people, and poor movement control.

Those with Asperger Syndrome typically have onset of symptoms later than children with autism. Generally the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome is made following age Three, with the majority of kids being recognized in between the age range of Five and 9.

A child with Asperger’s Syndrome may exhibit poor social friendships with others, obsessions,  strange speech habits, and additional odd mannerisms. They may  facial expressions and have difficulty interpreting or observing gestures expressed by other people. Additionally they have an abnormally higher sensitivity to sensory stimuli like to light, sound and touch.

Even though individuals with AS can function in modern society, they are at risk to present as socially immature, and are often seen by other people as odd, peculiar, and clumsy. If they are not equipped early on through psychotherapy and care from parents and professionals, children with aspergers can be at risk for being picked on and bullied from early on, all the way through college.

AS is a lifetime disorder that with early intervention and treatment might have an optimistic end result. As the child grows he or she may show trouble having empathy for others, and have difficulty dealing with social situations.

Your own child might display these indicators and possess several or perhaps most of these signs:

  • Minimal social relationships with others
  • Difficulty forming friendships with others
  • Repeated speech that may appear robotic or scripted
  • A seeming lack of common sense
  • Difficulty when it comes to studying
  • Selected giftedness in mathematics, or writing abilities
  • A possible obsession with complicated topics like music and patterns
  • Average to below-average nonverbal cognitive capabilities
  • Average to high verbal cognitive capabilities
  • Awkward physical movements
  • Odd behaviors or mannerisms

Whereas a child with classic autism usually exhibits a delay in language development, children with aspergers possess good grammatical abilities and demonstrate a high degree of language early on in childhood. Kids with AS display age appropriate skills with regards to feeding, dressing and other self-help abilities but possess difficulty with attention span, and organizational skills, which may present as Attention Deficit Disorder (either hyperactive or inattentive or combined).Children with Asperger’s Syndrome usually have normal to high IQs.

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 I'm Steve Borgman.  I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor and blogger committed to bringing you hope, understanding, and solutions that you can apply to your life immediately.

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