What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder.
It is a mild form of autism. Characterized by awkwardness in social interactions and non-verbal communication, along with the restrictive or repetitive pattern of behavior or interest.
People with Asperger syndrome may not fit well with other people. Sometimes they are unable to act like everyone else in different social situations.
But even a big problem with them is that they are unable to understand emotion or how people think.
Asperger’s syndrome can be diagnosed in early childhood. It is still unknown exactly what causes it, but it is known to have a genetic cause.
In some cases, toxic pressure, maternal infections or viruses, have been identified as potential contributors to the development of the disorder.
It’s five times more common among male than female. Girls have a higher tolerance for harmful genetic mutations and therefore require a larger number of them than boys to reach the diagnostic threshold of a developmental disorder.
With identical genetic mutations, then, a boy could show symptoms of ASD while a girl could show none.
- Having a hard time “reading” other people or understanding humor.
- Lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures.
- Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common.
- Afraid of height and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures.
- Have delay motor development. Late learners, walk in an awkward manner, have poor handwriting.
- Speak in a formal manner that’s quite advanced for their age.
- Dislike changes in routine.
- May feel different from others.
- Appearing not to understand, empathize with, or be sensitive to others’ feelings.
Most therapists agree that the earlier intervention takes place, the better it is for the treatment.
Although, there is no single best treatment package so far.
Treatment exists for social skills, training, and support of mother and father.
There also exists a combination of talk therapy and play therapy.
Regardless, it is necessary to pay attention to the individual and make sure that the diagnosis and treatment are proper.