Friday, November 4, 2011

Autism Spectrum: Asperger's Syndrome

There are many forms of Autism disorders, one Autism Disorder is commonly known as Asperger Syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome can be distinguished between the other spectrums of Autism by the lack of delay or deviance in early language development.

Individuals with Asperger Disorder do not have significant or recognizable cognitive delays. In the classroom specifically, children with Asperger Syndrome are able to cognitively keep up with their "typical needs" peers.

Those with Asperger's typically show an obsessive interests in a single topic or activity.

As a result of speech and language issues,  Asperger patients have a hard time interacting with peers.

A little history.......

Asperger Syndrome was named after Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger, who in 1944 studied and described children (who were his patients) that lacked non-verbal communication skills, showed little to no empathy with peers and were physically clumsy. 50 years later it was categorized as a diagnosis with intervention, interaction and therapy. Most children improve behaviors as they mature into adulthood.

Therapies are ideal for children with Aspergers. Therapies that emphasize on symptoms of the disorder including poor communication skills and obsessive routines are necessary to help the patients build skills.

 To the parents of children with Asperger Syndrome: your role is important! Having understand of your child's needs is vital. Being socially and emotionally connected with your child can reduce tension in your home and make for a supportive, loving parent!


2 comments:

  1. I feel that a little more awareness should be brought forth about this spectrum of autism.....

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  2. I am special with needsNovember 12, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    Hello my name is Tonya Wilson, I am a Para-professional for the Nwk Bd of Ed. I have been in the system for 29yrs, there is much gratification in seeing the children grow, when they first come to u some of the children dont know their name,how to use the bathroom or even eat correctly. I have a child that came in with ensure because the mother says he does not eat balanced meals, well he eats balanced meals in school ,we dont need the ensure mother is very happy that he is eating,what I see is is a bahaviore that the mother feeds into, because he eats popcorn, chips an other juck foood with no problem so in my class u want a snack u must eat ur lunch, not all but he is eating some of it an on his own, mother feels bad for him at home an feeds into the feeling bad stage. Parents u need to stand strong with ur children. there websites to help with this spectrum ex; AUTISUMSPEACKS.com another one for ABA applied Behaviore Annuluaes rethinkautism.com

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