Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that affects social skills, behavior and communication. Asperger syndrome often causes people to have problems in social settings, but symptoms may be less severe than other autism spectrum disorders.
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What is Asperger syndrome?
Asperger syndrome is a lifelong autism spectrum disorder that affects social skills. People with Asperger syndrome are now considered to have autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
- Asperger syndrome is different from other autism spectrum disorders in that children with Asperger syndrome develop language on a normal schedule, or may even be advanced in terms of language skills.
- Children with Asperger syndrome do not have any significant delays in cognition or issues with intelligence.
- People with Asperger syndrome may display an unusual singular focus on specific interests.
- Awkward social interactions
- Odd manners
- Odd speech patterns
- Poor motor skills
- Preference for routine and order
- Intense interest in a few things that take up a lot of their thoughts and actions
Early screening can help children
Primary care providers will screen young children for symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. If there is concern they will more closely evaluate behavior and social skills. Sometimes teachers and other people who know your child well can help doctors make a diagnosis. Ask your child’s provider what you can do to help.
Treating Asperger syndrome
Treatment options can help symptoms. Examples of treatments include:
- Behavior therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Support groups