Asperger’s Syndrome

¡  Asperger’s Syndrome, is a type of Pervasive Developmental Disorder(PDD).

¡   PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination.

¡  Asperger’s syndrome was named for the Austrian doctor, Hans Asperger, who first described the disorder in 1944.

¡  What Causes Asperger’s Syndrome?

¡  The exact cause of Asperger’s syndrome is not known. However, the fact that it tends to run in families suggests that it may be inherited (passed on from parent to child).

¡  What Are the Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome?

¡  Problems with social skills

¡  Eccentric or repetitive behaviors

¡  Communication difficulties

¡  Limited range of interests

¡  Coordination problems

¡  Skilled or talented

Can Asperger’s Syndrome Be Prevented?

¡  Asperger’s syndrome cannot be prevented or cured. However, early diagnosis and treatment can improve function and quality of life.

¡  Children with Asperger’s syndrome are at risk for developing other conditions, such as depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But, there are various treatment options available for these conditions.

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