Asperger Syndrome: Symptoms in Children and Adults
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Asperger Syndrome: Symptoms in Children and Adults

AspergerÂ’s disorder is characterized by difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and insistent patterns of conduct. This is different from other disorders that fall under autism spectrum disorder in a way that in this condition there is conservation of linguistic and cognitive development in the patients. Though common among children, aspergers can also bother adults. Adult cases of aspergers are due to misdiagnosis during childhood.

ASPERGER SYNDROME: SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Do you noticed some changes or strange behavior in your child? Does your child have difficulty mingling in gatherings? Do you find useless tantrums and abrupt anger patterns in your child? These might all be the signs of asperger’s disorder which is also known as ‘asperger's syndrome.'

Asperger’s syndrome or disorder belongs to the group of a childhood disorder known as ‘pervasive development disorder’ or ‘autistic spectrum disorder’, which means it, has an effect on all aspects of a patents life.

Asperger syndrome is a disability that is fraction of the autistic spectrum. The term "autism spectrum" refers to a range of developmental disabilities that includes autism as well as other disorders with similar characteristics. People diagnoses with this syndrome are often rated as being about the ‘higher’ end of the spectrum. Other diagnoses on the spectrum consist of autism and high carrying out autism. Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism are often used interchangeably.

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Asperger’s disorder is characterized by difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and insistent patterns of conduct. This is different from other disorders that fall under autism spectrum disorder in a way that in this condition there is conservation of linguistic and cognitive development in the patients. Though common among children, aspergers can also bother adults. Adult cases of aspergers are due to misdiagnosis during childhood.

Symptoms in Children

One of the most common symptoms of a child suffering from aspergers disorder is the uninterrupted decline of social interaction capacity. As the child grows up, he/she will maintain a distance from social association.

Persons with aspergers disease will also face difficulty in describing and using non-verbal communication methods such as eye contact and facial expressions. They normally show signs of awkward body gestures.

Children having this syndrome will also find it difficult to relate to other children of the same age group and unable to develop friendships with them. They will also show no enthusiasm or the need to share feelings of joy, interests, happiness or achievements with other people. They are egoistical.

Another symptom in patients of asperger disorder is they failed in responding to social or emotional reactions. They will show little or no reaction at all, no feelings or empathy towards other people or events.

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Another glaring and common symptom of a child suffering from this syndrome is a preoccupation or obsession with few restricted topics. Your child will show an unnatural fixation in a particular topic of interest.

Children suffering from aspergers syndrome tend to get accustomed to a particular little routine. They become inflexible when it comes to moving out or changing course of a particular routine, even if the practice is useless and vague.

You can also find the children suffering from this syndrome repetitiously indulging in particular physical movements. For example, hand flapping or complex body movements.

This aspergers disease defy suffering children the ability to make variations in speech, there will be no difference in the tone, accent or pitch of these children.

Children suffering from this syndrome tend to misinterpret figurative speeches. They will mistake subtle humor or sarcasm to be literal or ill-intended.

Lack of concentration is another possible sign of aspergers disease in children. Children in this disorder find it difficult to ignore irrelevant inputs that prevent their concentration levels and comprehension skills.

Children can also suffer language regression due to this ailment. They will lose the ability to pronounce certain words or sentences which they used to correctly use earlier. They might also face loss in vocabulary.

Symptoms in Adults

Adults suffering from aspergers syndrome might face multiple sexual problems because of their inability to form adult relationships due to lack of fellow feeling and social skills.

Adults might also face eating disorders and weight loss problems. They might also develop routines interrupting their meal patterns or might develop sensory sensitivity associated with food.

A handful of adults suffering from autism-spectrum can also face seizures and epilepsy.

Some might also face certain emotional conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, mood swings and increased irritability.

Reference:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/asperger.html

http://www.05news.com/asperger-syndrome

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/asperger-symptoms

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Comments (8)

You describe this condition well. Out of votes so will promote.

Thank you Roberta, appreciated.

Well explained and written. Will promote.

I learned more about this debilitating condition from your well-researched and presented article. Thank you.

Excellent Ron and how sad there are so many illnesses which afflict children.

i often mixed up Asperger and Autism and you've made them clear. well presented!

An excellent overview about this disorder, Ron.

Thanks everyone for the read, votes and comments, appreciated.

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