Children with Asperger’s Syndrome have “neurological problems”, which causes them to “display autistic behaviors”. This neurological disorder is named after” Hans Asperger, a Viennese physician”, who discovered the disorder in “1944”. But, it wasn’t until “1994”, when the disorder was added to the “DSM IV”, which list all mental disorders. Many parents and physicians have noticed the symptoms more in the recent years. Usually, the children will have a “normal intelligence level or language development”.
However, they can exhibit symptoms that are mild to severe, which can cause stress on the entire family. Children with Asperger’s Syndrome may have trouble in social situations and will not react well to change. Many “characteristics” begin showing up, usually before the age of five or younger. Some children may prefer “doing the same things”: like eating the “same food”, play with same toys, or watch the same movie over and over.
They may be exceptionally intelligent, but may have trouble displaying it in “social situations”. Many parents feel like “improper parenting” has led to their child’s condition. Classic symptoms that psychologist look for are “sensitivity to noise or light”, unable to interact socially, or display certain behaviors consistently. A child with Asperger Syndrome actually “views the world differently” than most children.
Unfortunately, these children are “generally targeted” or “teased”, by those around them. So, it is important to get help for them at an early age or these children will struggle all their life to fit in and be understood. These special children will need a consistent routine, in order to feel secure in their home environment. Many schools offer classes that will help the child excel in school, but the child may still display “odd” or “disruptive behavior”.
Furthermore, many children with Asperger’s Syndrome may have “high IQ’s, but may not be able to understand a “non-verbal command”. Some children prefer “soft clothing”, may “hear things other don’t”, and they may sound like they are “well-educated” (Kirby, 2005). These children are special and need special assistance, in order to learn how to function correctly in a social setting. Fortunately, there is help for parents, who are struggling to understand their child’s behavior.
Parents should have their child tested by a certified psychologist, so they can determine if the child has this disorder. Then, they should also make sure that their child is improving with their treatment. If not, they should look for another local doctor specializes in behavior disorders.
Additionally, parent’s can look for more information about this neurological disorder through the local library and on the internet. Therefore, the families can work on ways to help their child and modify their unacceptable behavior.
Kirby, B. (2005) What is Asperger Syndrome?
Retrieved on the World Wide Web on October 17, 2007