Kieran D. Sweeney
Recognizing and Managing Asperger’s Syndrome
Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autistic spectrum disorders. Children with Asperger’s do not develop as normal children without Asperger’s do. In most cases children with Asperger’s have difficulties with communication, for instance, having a hard time making eye contact. Some children do not recognize their mothers by 3 months of age as most babies do. Delayed babbling as and infant and delayed speech as a toddler are also signs of the disorder. Another sign of the disorder is lacking social interaction, for example, children with Asperger’s typically play alone and arrange their toys and belongings in a particular order when putting them away. Some children display repetitive behaviors and body movements. They like a daily routine, and when the routine is interrupted by unplanned event the child can become frustrated. Children with Asperger’s also tend to want one type of food or meal on a regular basis. Signs of Asperger’s are sometimes noticed in the first year but are more likely noticed around 12 to 18 months when delayed speech is noticed. Before a child can be diagnosed the child typically is observed in a familiar setting, followed by an evaluation in a clinic setting to compare daily activities, behaviors and attitudes. IQ testing, verbal assessments and other test can be preformed as well. All autistic Spectrum Disorders are highly heritable, although experts have not specifically found the link research of genetic factors and environmental factors such as maternal infections and exposure to alcohol during pregnancy are variables that are considered during research. There are different ways you can help children cope with Asperger’s. Behavior therapy to help encourage appropriate behavior and reduce inappropriate behavior and triggers that cause outburst of bad behavior. There are also social skills training to help the child with basic interactions for example...