Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder that causes a variety of behavioral and neurological abnormalities in patients. It is part of the broader category of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Some of the typical symptoms include socially awkward behavior, physical clumsiness, inability to communicate verbally and repetitive patterns or behavior and interests.
HOW IS ASPERGER SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is most commonly made between the ages of four and eleven. A comprehensive assessment involves a multidisciplinary team that observes across multiple settings and includes neurological and genetic assessment as well as tests for cognition, psychomotor function, verbal and nonverbal strengths and weaknesses, style of learning, and skills for independent living.
HOW IS ASPERGER SYNDROME TREATED?
Treatment will be carried out by a psychiatrist who may choose to put the patient through occupation therapy to improve the physical condition of the patient, as well as cognitive therapy to reprogram the patient’s thinking and attitude.
DID YOU KNOW?
Asperger syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell anything from their outward appearance. They do not have learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.