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Asperger’s: What is Asperger’s?
Asperger’s: What is Asperger’s?
Asperger’s is a type of pervasive development disorder (PDD) which falls under the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD). Although Asperger’s is similar in some ways to autism, a more severe type of PDD, there are essential differences. Children with Asperger’s typically function at a higher level than those with autism. In addition, children with Asperger’s typically have normal intelligence and near-normal language development; however, these children may develop communication problems as they get older.
Asperger’s and Common Symptoms:
The symptoms of Asperger’s vary and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
- Problems with social skills: Children with this condition generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily.
- Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: Children with this condition may develop odd, repetitive movements, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.
- Unusual preoccupations or rituals: A child with this condition may develop rituals that he or she refuses to alter, such as getting dressed in a specific order.
- Communication difficulties: People with this condition may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language. They also tend to have problems understanding language in context.
- Limited range of interests: A child with this condition may develop an intense, almost obsessive, interest in a few areas, such as sports schedules, weather, or maps.
- Coordination problems: The movements of children with this condition may seem clumsy or awkward.
- Skilled or talented: Many children with this condition are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math.
Asperger’s and Brain Function:
Children and adolescents who demonstrate symptoms of Asperger’s are often dealing with both neurological and environmental factors that contribute to their behavior. Research has shown that, absent of brain injury, involvement of the temporal and/or occipital lobes are often seen in the qEEG. With the qEEG or Brain Map as an assessment tool, we can see the electrical activity of the brain. We can then determine where and how the dysregulation occurs allowing us to develop treatment protocols to put the brain back into balance without medication.
Asperger’s and Treatment Options:
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