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What is Aspergerís Syndrome?
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a specific disorder in Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). PDD refers to a group of disorders which includes the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD).
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a subgroup of disorders which includes autism
disorder, Apsergerís Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise
Symptoms of Aspergerís Syndrome
Asperger's syndrome usually becomes more obvious when children starts preschool and begins to interact with other children. Children with Asperger's syndrome may have the following symptoms:
Some symptoms of Aspergerís are similar to autism. However, a child with Asperger's syndrome typically has normal language and intellectual development. Some may even have highly developed language and specific intellectual abilities.
Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome
The ASD group of disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
The diagnostic criteria for Aspergerís Syndrome according to the DSM IV are:
The Gillbergís Criteria for Aspergerís Syndrome is often used for the diagnosis of
the condition. Gillberg's criteria differ from those given in the DSM-
Finding the Causes
Most clinicians do not bother about the causes as diagnosis is based on behavioral symptoms Ö
At Spectrum Learning, we have been investigating the possible causes Ö
Will my child outgrow Aspergerís?
Unfortunately not if their condition is left untreated.
Therapy and training can help people with Autism to overcome the limitations imposed by the condition.
At Spectrum Learning, we have helped many Autistic children to overcome their limitations!
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Aspergerís Syndrome (AS)
Symptoms and Diagnosis