Help With Asperger Syndrome (ASD)
Asperger syndrome (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder on the autism spectrum that is often described as the mildest form of autism. ASD is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, motor coordination issues, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior(1). People with ASD tend to have many of the social and sensory issues of those with more severe forms of autism but have average to above average IQs and well-developed vocabularies. They may also struggle to understand subtle forms of communication like body language, humor, and sarcasm(2). Symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety disorder may accompany a diagnosis of ASD. The prevalence of ASD is not well established partly due to it not being recognized before age 5 or 6 and because language development is normal. However, experts estimate that as many as 1 in 88 children by age 8 will have an autism spectrum disorder(2).
It is important to speak directly with your Doctor concerning the presence or confirmation of any diagnosis of a spectrum disorder.
Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome (ASD)
Children with ASD may(2):
- Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings.
- Have a hard time understanding body language.
- Avoid eye contact.
- Want to be alone; or want to interact, but not know how.
- Have narrow, sometimes obsessive, interests.
- Talk only about themselves and their interests.
- Speak in unusual ways or with an odd tone of voice.
- Have a hard time making friends.
- Seem nervous in large social groups.
- Be clumsy or awkward.
- Have rituals that they refuse to change, such as a very rigid bedtime routine.
- Develop odd or repetitive movements.
- Have unusual sensory reactions.
To learn more about the specific symptoms of Asperger syndrome (ASD), please refer to the DSM-V criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Source: (1)National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Source: (2)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report March 30,2012
Source: (3)Center For Disease Control (CDC) (4) Brain Balance Achievement centers