Asperger’s syndrome or asperger’s disorder as it is known is a psychological condition where the child presents characteristic difficulties in social interaction, is interested in specific subjects and acts repetitively with gestures and even body movements.
Considered a neurobehavioral disorder , asperger’s syndrome directly affects the child’s development by reaching not only the difficulty in relating to others, but also in interacting and also communicating with the world. Recently the asperger was included and incorporated in the statistics of mental disorders receiving the name of autism spectrum disorder receiving the acronym TEA. Therefore, it is considered a syndrome very close to autism, with milder characteristics. The exact cause of asperger’s syndrome is not yet known. Even studies showing that it can occur due to genetic factors, nothing can yet be proven. The only real proof is that the syndrome is a dysfunction in an area of brain functioning that directly affects the child’s behavioral base, reaching its development.
Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome
Usually parents themselves notice a few different points in their children. As they grow and their development compared to other children of the same age group is different, and the concern ends up being inevitable. Some are reluctant to accept that something is wrong and different with their child, which ends up making the situation even worse by taking too long to seek help from a specialist. The early diagnosisit is of utmost importance to provide even more benefits to the child. Using own and adequate resources it is possible to fully integrate a child with asperger’s syndrome into society. Therefore, when you notice any different behavior do not hesitate to seek medical attention. In the vast majority of cases, socialization problems were only noticed when the child was already of school age.
Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome:
- Altered motor coordination
- Difficulty speaking and expressing yourself
- Repetition of gestures and body movements
- Limited interests
Patients with the syndrome, due to the difficulty in verbal communication with others, tend to be isolated. What ends up decreasing and further limiting your interests that are already reduced. When they have a real interest in something in particular, they usually spend a large part of their busy time exercising on the same subject. They fit well into routines, and do not behave well when leaving them, not easily accepting unforeseen changes. He usually follows rituals for everything in his daily life, whether it is time to get ready, eat, go to school and even how to accommodate his toys to play.
Some may have an aversion to loud sounds and noises , presenting total discomfort. And when distressed, anxious or very happy to demonstrate in an agitated way, making repetitive gestures with hands, feet and arms and even facial spasms.
How to Deal With Asperger’s Syndrome?
Children with ASD are often isolated
Children with asperger’s syndrome usually have specific talents. What makes the parents to encourage even more to produce in this subject in question, causing that other subjects are left aside, further intensifying the restriction of interests. Ideally, parents should be connected harmoniously with the school and the professional who accompanies them. Thus bringing better social development and helping to stimulate diversification of focuses, which were previously so restricted.
Stimulating conversation, ways of expressing yourself and communication will always be the best way to help the development of a child with ASD syndrome. As for school learning, stimulating and respecting the learning time is extremely important. Should not be charged or questioned, simply celebrate each achievement. Use your interests as an entry to enter new knowledge and new interests. They are responsible for monitoring a child with asperger’s syndrome, neuropsychologist, speech therapist and psychopedagogue, obviously working together with parents and guardians, needing support from the school.
See also: Autism – Living Within Your Own World
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.