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Aspergers Syndrome

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Dylan Agli

on 11 October 2012

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Asperger's Syndrome What is Asperger's? Treatments Etiology Can it be prevented? How to Diagnose How common? Questions Sources Symptoms Are core signs of Asperger's Syndrome curable?
What causes Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's Syndrome a high functioning form of?
If you were a doctor how would you treat Asperger's Syndrome?
Any questions for us? In recent years there was an increase
in the amount of cases. The cause of Asperger's is still unknown.
All of the autistic spectrum disorders are highly heritable
Children with AS have been found to have high levels of serotonin in their central nervous systems Engaging in one-sided, long-winded conversations,
without noticing if the listener is listening or trying to
change the subject Asperger's Syndrome cannot be prevented or cured. Although, if diagnosed early, treatments can improve function and quality of life.
Studies show that 1/5 of patients will 'grow out of it.'
Young children with Asperger's Syndrome are at risk for developing other conditions, such as depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Asperger's Syndrome is a developmental disorder that impairs social skills in individuals.
Described as a subcategory of Autism.
Asperger Syndrome and people with a form of Autism have some similar characteristics, however, people with Asperger Syndrome would usually excel in certain areas that people with a form of Autism would lack.
An example of this is speech, while someone with a form of Autism develops this skill slower (resulting in slowed speech), someone with Asperger Syndrome would develop this skill either normally, or even faster than normal.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques aimed at helping
behaviors such as interrupting, obsessions, meltdowns, or angry outbursts.
Communication and Social Skills Training: Children may be able to learn unwritten rules of socialization and communication when taught in an explicit and legible fashion.
Medication: There are no medications that specifically treat Asperger's Syndrome, although some medications may improve specific symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or hyperactivity. Displaying unusual nonverbal communication,
such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions,
or awkward body postures and gestures Showing an intense obsession with one or two specific,
narrow subjects, such as baseball statistics,
train schedules, weather or snakes Having a hard time "reading" other people or
understanding humor Moving clumsily, with poor coordination Core signs of Asperger's Syndrome cannot be cured. Children/people frequently benefit from early, specialized interventions that focus on behavior management, and social skills training. Treatment options include: Children Adults Alli, R. (2009, September 03). Asperger's Syndrome. In WebMD. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from
Asperger's Syndrome. (n.d.). KenCrest: Autism Services. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from
Asperger's Syndrome Fact Sheet. (August 22, 2012). In National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Retrieved October 1, 2012, from
Horowitz, S. (n.d.). Learning Disabilities and Asperger's Syndrome. In National Center for Learning Disabilities. Retrieved September 30, 2012, from
Sweeney, K. D., & Sweeney, K. G. (2010). Recognising and managing Asperger's syndrome. Practice Nurse, 39(1), 31-34. When a child who is extremely interested in one subject
will not stop talking about it. Although he/she will have problems understanding people. Asperger's Syndrome is usually detected in the early childhood years, although adults with Asperger's may have trouble socially adapting or solving problems.
Studies show that about every 6 in 1,000 people have the syndrome. The diagnose process includes two parts where;
Part 1: the child will have a developmental screening
Part 2: a comprehensive team will evaluate and rule in or out Asperger's Syndrome. (Team consists of psychologists and other professionals) Equally common in both sexes, girls apear as "little philosophers", where boys apear as "little professors." By:
Dylan Agli
Brian Clarke
Greg Giddix
Cailynn Harding
Corey Medrano
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