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Old 11-Oct-2010
Asperger Symptoms

Do you find some change and strange behavioural patterns in your child? Does your child find it difficult to interact and mingle in social gatherings? Do you experience sudden anger and pointless tantrums from 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 developmental disorder’ or ‘autistic spectrum disorder’. Asperger’s disorder is characterised by difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour. This is different from other disorders that fall under autism spectrum disorder in a way that in this disorder 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 a faulty diagnosis during childhood. Read on to learn about the various symptoms of asperger syndrome in children and in adults.

Asperger Syndrome Symptoms In Children
  • One of the most common symptoms of a child suffering from aspergers disorder is the continuous deterioration of social interaction abilities. As the child grows up, he/she will maintain a distance from the social framework.
  • Patients of aspergers disease will also face difficulty in describing and using non-verbal communication techniques such as eye contact and facial expressions. They normally show signs of awkward and clumsy body postures and gestures.
  • Children suffering from this syndrome will also find it difficult to relate to other children of the same age group and will also not be able to develop friendships with children.
  • Children suffering from asperger disease will also show no enthusiasm or the need to share joy, interests, happiness or achievements with other people. They are self-centred human beings.
  • Another symptom in patients of asperger disorder is their failure in responding to social or emotional reactions. These people will show little or no reaction, feelings or empathy towards other people or events.
  • 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 abnormal fixation in a particular topic of interest.
  • Children suffering from aspergers syndrome tend to get accustomed to a particular routine or a ritual. They become rigid when it comes to moving out of a particular routine, even if the practice is serving no purpose.
  • You can also find the children suffering from this syndrome repetitively indulging in particular physical movements. For e.g. hand flapping or complex body movements.
  • You can also find that a child suffering from aspergers disease will lack 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 humour 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 stimuli that hamper their concentration levels and comprehension abilities.
  • 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.
Asperger Syndrome 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 empathy and social skills.
  • Adults might also face eating disorders and weight loss problems. They might 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 anxiety, depression, mood swings and increased irritability.

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