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?
The diagnosis of this condition can be carried out by a psychiatrist with the help of differential methods as well as a study of the behavioural patterns in various settings. The psychiatrist will primarily look at the behaviour of the patient in a social setting as well as the physical clumsiness to diagnose the issue. Screening can also be used for diagnosis of this condition.
HOW IS ASPERGER SYNDROME TREATED?
There is currently no 'cure' and no specific treatment for Asperger syndrome. Children with Asperger syndrome, become adults with Asperger syndrome. The various treatments that are included are: • Social skills training • Speech-language therapy • Cognitive behavioral therapy • Parent education and training • Applied behavior analysis • Medicines
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.