Asperger's Syndrome

By McKenzie Taylor

Asperger’s syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder that is similar to autism. People with Asperger's normally develop communication problems as they get older. Asperger's Syndrome was named after Hans Asperger who first described the disorder. The syndrome was not recognized as a unique disorder until after 1944. Some symptoms of Asperger's are social skill problems, eccentric or repetitive behaviors, unusual preoccupations or rituals, communication difficulties, limited range of interests, coordination problems. A good thing about Asperger's is that many people are skilled or talented at certain things such as music or math. The exact cause is not known but, it tends to run in families. In Canada and the USA 1 out of 250 people to 1 out of 10,000 people can have Asperger's. Asperger's is 4 times more likely in males than in females. The syndrome is usually diagnosed between 2 to 6 years of age. If there are symptoms a physician will perform a complete medical history, physical and, neurological exam. X-rays and blood tests are ways to determine if a physical disorder is causing symptoms. You can also be referred to a specialist in childhood developmental disorders. There is no cure for Asperger's but some things can help such as special education, behavior modification, speech, physical, or occupational therapy, social skills therapies. We shouldn't laugh at people with Asperger's but, we should try to help them, instead.

April is Autism awareness month Asperger's syndrome is a form of Autism. Accept these kids!

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