Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting the ability to effectively socialize and communicate. It starts early in life and you may notice the child is not able to make eye contact. He seems awkward in social situations and may not know how to respond and communicate when someone talks to him.
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?
People suffering from Asperger syndrome may refer to themselves as aspies in casual conversations.