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Understanding What Asperger Syndrome Is

Aug 18, 2007
Asperger syndrome is a condition that many children are increasingly diagnosed with. It is a high functioning form of autism or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is essentially a group of 5 different types of disorders characterized by delayed development in several basic functions of a person.

Delayed development also includes socialization and communication. These delays can be seen as early as infancy. Hence, your child can be diagnosed with an asperger syndrome even before he turns 3-years-old if there have been obvious signs that he is not developing normally. With this condition, he will have at least normal intellectual capacity but may be lacking in the area of social development.
Unfortunately there is no known cure for this condition. There are however methods to help your child learn socialization and communication skills, so that he can make adjustments and be able to function normally.

Your Asperger child will usually interpret auditory information literally. He may also have delays in processing auditory information and while he may be able to comprehend the auditory information, it may takes effort and time for him to process this information before he is able to respond. Your child may also have difficulty following multi-step auditory directions.

Knowing these things should prepare you to provide your child with concrete explanations whenever necessary. It is also important for you to focus on increasing your child's comprehension of figurative language skills including idioms, multi-meaning words, jokes, teasing, etc. It is found that the best way in which to do this is through the use of visual aids.

Your Asperger child may also have some sensory processing difficulties. These can result in atypical responses for your child. This is because your child has difficulty in organizing his sensory input because he may be experiencing both hypersensitive and hyposensitive responses. These responses can cause your child to experience stress and anxiety whenever he is trying to evaluate his environment properly. Difficulties in this area can also really decrease your child's ability to stay focused.

Autistic children also have a tendency to blurt out their thoughts as statements of factual information. This can cause your child to appear insensitive but your child simply does not realise that there are some thoughts and ideas that should not be put to words. So, be aware that your child may not be socially aware of what he is saying.

It is important to get a therapist to help your child adjust socially. Your child is likely to exhibit social difficulties and will need to learn appropriate strategies and some modified behaviour so that he can socialize well. Through learned actions, he will know how to make and keep friends. In all likelihood, he is going to end up well adjusted and happier. It has been found that the greatest results can be achieved when you, as a parent, work closely with the therapist to address the challenging and unique needs of your child.
About the Author
Sandra Kim Leong shares about autism diet and other therapies for children with learning disabilities. She draws on her experience as a mother to an autistic child. To read her blog, please visit http://www.autismdietplan.com
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