Asperger’s syndrome is a condition that affects the development of a child and has very similar traits to Autism in certain respects. A child with this disorder won’t interact with others very easily and it is a chronic condition that will persist through a person’s entire life, although the severity of many of the conditions might just begin to improve throughout the duration of their life.
Causes and Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome
At present, the causes of Asperger’s are not yet known, although studies have suggested that the condition is most likely genetic.
The symptoms of this condition vary from one child to the next, and so some might display a few symptoms while others display a wider range. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of the condition include;
• The need for routine. Individuals with this condition rely on routine and so they can become very agitated or emotional when their routine is disturbed.
• Difficulty with social interaction. This includes recognizing social cues, relating to other people and expressing their thoughts and feelings.
• Difficulty with social imagination. This refers to the extent to which a person can “imagine” what someone else must be thinking.
• Speech that is flat or devoid of accent, tone or pitch.
• Lack of coordination.
• Poor handwriting skills.
• Limited interests.
• Dislike for loud noises, strong tastes or bright lights.
Diagnosing the Condition
In order to diagnose Asperger’s syndrome, professionals need to focus on a wide range of areas, particularly because the symptoms are not always the same from person to person. Many people aren’t diagnosed with the condition until they reach adulthood due to the complexity of the condition and the fact that individuals with this condition tend to be considered “socially awkward” rather than someone struggling with Asperger’s.
A parent that suspects their child might have the condition will usually need to start out by taking the child to the GP, where the professional will refer them to a specialist for a diagnosis. Specialists will then look into the child’s language and speech abilities, social behaviors, learning styles and motor skills, among other facets to determine whether a problem exists, as well as the severity of the condition.
While Asperger’s might be a condition that someone has to live with for the rest of their lives, there are ways in which it can be managed and adults can learn, through the course of time, to manage their strengths and weaknesses. In time, adults can also learn to improve their social skills; some of the defining factors of this condition.
To tackle the spectrum of problems that a child with this condition will face throughout their lives, a range of professionals will usually be utilized to tackle each and every problem. These professionals include teachers, doctors, therapists and even counselors. It should be noted that many of the people struggling with this condition could also have OCD or ADHD; this means that the professionals need to think comprehensively in terms of a treatment option.
Parents who are prepared for the challenges ahead usually make it easier on themselves to cope with the situation at hand and it all begins with initializing the right professionals and making sure the relevant resources are available to call upon when they need them. By speaking to others who have the same condition, or those who are raising children with the condition, individuals will not only be tapping into great sources for advice, but they will also be able to build a network of supportive individuals that will possibly be able to assist them when things get tough. For information on Asperger’s and other developmental disorders, visit autism.org.uk.